Most wanted tax fugitive returns to UK
One of HMRC's most wanted tax fugitives has been extradited back to the UK.
Michael Voudouri, originally from Bridge of Allan, Stirling, left the UK for Northern Cyprus in November 2012. He had pleaded guilty the previous month to laundering over £11.6m linked to a VAT fraud and been let out on bail.
He was jailed for four years in 2004 for his involvement in a tax fraud in which he claimed back VAT on fake Europe-wide business transactions.
Following this conviction, HMRC carried out a money laundering investigation that traced profits from the fraud to bank accounts in Greece, Cyprus, Switzerland, USA, the British Virgin Islands and elsewhere.
The money was then transferred back into bank accounts in the UK and invested in property and businesses in Scotland.