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£2.8m film tax scammers sentenced

26th Mar 2013
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Fraudsters behind a £2.8m film tax scam have received prison sentences after an HMRC investigation found they fraudulently claimed film tax credits and VAT.

Following their conviction last week, the scammers received sentences varying from four to six years for their offences.

Bashar Al-Issa, 34, from London, Aoife Madden from Northern Ireland, Tariq Hassan from Essex and Ian Sherwood and Osama Al Baghdady from Manchester set up film company Evolved Pictures and told auditors they had a budget of £19m to make a film in the UK...

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