VAT fraudster jailed for extra 10 years
A convicted VAT fraudster has been sentenced to a further 10 years in jail after failing to pay a £14m confiscation order.
Jasbinder Bedesha was originally jailed for seven-and-a-half years in 2008 for his part in a conspiracy to steal £38m in a missing trader VAT fraud.
At a retrial in 2011, Dubai-based Bedesha was found guilty of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and to launder money.
But after he failed to pay the £14m confiscation order, the default sentence of 10 years will now come into effect. Bedesha was due to be eligible for release later this month.
HMRC was also granted a serious crime prevention order and a financial reporting order against the fraudster.