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Ex-policeman jailed for VAT fraud

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A former policeman was jailed for his part in an attempted £330m VAT fraud, the largest of its kind in the UK. Nigel Cranswick and five others were caught by HMRC investigators after claiming that their new business Ideas 2 Go Ltd sold more than 6m mobile phones in eight months.

Cranswick, aged 47, of Danby Road, Kiveton, Sheffield, was jailed for 10 years and three months for conspiracy to cheat the public revenue. The fraud started to unravel when investigators identified sales of more than 50,000 phones that the manufacturers had not even begun producing, said Paul Rooney, HMRC’s Assistant Director for Criminal Investigation.