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Missing Trader Fraud Defence
If you are facing accusations of missing trader fraud, or your business is the subject of an investigation, the expert solicitors at JMW can help. We have represented individuals and businesses in all different sectors against missing trader fraud charges and have both a robust understanding of this area of law and an impressive track record.
At JMW, we can provide legal help at any stage of a missing trader fraud investigation. This type of fraud is similar to carousel fraud and involves the theft of VAT. Those involved in missing trader fraud schemes will import goods VAT-free, sell them on to domestic buyers with the VAT added, and then keep this tax instead of paying it to the government as they should.
It is unfortunately very simple for innocent parties to become embroiled in fraudulent trading schemes, particularly if there are many different suppliers in a chain and there is not much face-to-face contact between firms working together.
We have represented many people who became unwittingly involved in missing trader fraud as they were the middle man in a supply chain; in most schemes of this kind, it is only the importer and exporter at either end who are knowingly committing the offence.
In cases such as this, seeking legal advice quickly is absolutely essential and can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Why Choose JMW?
Allegations of missing trader fraud are highly damaging and charges can result in large fines and even custodial sentences. It is therefore imperative to seek the help of an expert legal team that can provide the advice, guidance and representation you need at such a challenging time. The team at JMW has the experience and expertise to give you the best chance of reaching a satisfactory conclusion.
If you have been accused of committing this type of fraud, we can fight your corner with a dedicated team of experts in this field. We regularly call on experts to help boost our defence cases, from forensic accountants to financial service sector experts. We are able to take on clients from all over the country, including London and Manchester.
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