A 15-strong criminal gang, who attempted to defraud more than £176m in VAT through complex mobile phone trading scams, has been sentenced at Kingston Crown Court.
Dilawar Ravjani, the ring leader of the gang, was jailed for 17 years – the longest sentence ever given to an individual in the UK for this type of fraud.
The ‘missing trader’ scam operated through a number of different companies set up by Ravjani and his family, and has played out across five linked trials.
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