HMRC buy stolen information from convicted fraudster
HMRC has paid an informant for personal banking records he stole from a Lichtenstein bank. Early reports indicate the information relates to around 100 people who could collectively owe UK authorities as much as £100 million.
The bank in question, LGT, has said the informant is former employee Heinrich Keiber, 42. Keiber first came to the attention of European authorities in 1996, when he was under investigation for a fraudulent Spanish real estate deal. He subsequently fled to Argentina, but was back in Lichenstein working for LGT by April 2001.