HMRC investigations into allegations of carousel fraud or Missing trader fraud, also known as Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud, are likely to be long and complex and should not be faced without first taking legal advice from a specialist business fraud solicitor with expertise in VAT fraud and carousel fraud.
In any investigation into carousel fraud, suspicion may fall on those innocent of any involvement which is why taking legal advice is essential.
MTIC fraud – where a trader goes missing – crosses jurisdictions, and a business fraud solicitor is needed to advise on complex cross-border laws and how these may affect the defence case if charges are brought.
HMRC investigators will painstakingly track down any members of a chain involved in carousel fraud but bringing a prosecution will rely on proof that the parties are connected to the various companies involved and that they are guilty of conspiracy to defraud HMRC and agreed together to make false VAT claims.
Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors offer robust criminal defence services to clients facing allegations of carousel/MTIC fraud, and have considerable expertise in defending clients facing VAT fraud.
We can advise at any stage of a charge involving carousel fraud, even before an investigation is launched by HMRC, or if there is a possibility an allegation may be made and charges brought.
Duncan Lewis business fraud lawyers can also advise on dealing with HMRC and regularly liaise with agencies involved in business fraud investigations, including:
The team can advise on low-value cases or very high court costs (VHCC) cases involving allegations of financial fraud.
They can also advise on Confiscation Orders relating to VAT fraud, carousel fraud and MTIC fraud, as well as civil asset recovery proceedings under Section 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
Duncan Lewis' Crime department continues to be recognised as a Top Tier and recommended criminal defence practice by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 edition for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud work.
Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system, and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in carousel/MTIC fraud cases.
The team represents clients at police stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal, and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud cases.
There are Duncan Lewis offices across England and Wales, and a fraud lawyer from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to advise on business fraud charges.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing carousel fraud charges. Call Duncan Lewis during office hours on 0333 772 0409 for expert legal advice on VAT fraud charges.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis advises clients who are facing carousel/MTIC fraud charges or those who may be interviewed in relation to VAT fraud to contact us as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for carousel fraud is brought – and a solicitor from our specialist fraud department can attend a police station fraud interview conducted by the police, Serious Fraud Office or HM Revenue and Customs.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services. Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis business fraud solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation, with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event (ATE) insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Business Fraud Solicitors to discuss carousel/MTIC fraud on 0333 772 0409.