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Gavin McFarlane of Temple Chambers Cardiff looks into the collapse of the London City Bond cases and reports that Customs' integrity is being challenged by its own staff
Collapse of major trial leads to fresh enquiry
It is now well over a year since the report by the senior accountant John Roques into the scandal of the huge sums of excise duty lost by Customs; this was due to a series of undercover investigations into duty fraud which had gone badly wrong over a period of at least four years. Following the introduction of the European Single Market at the end of 1992 diversion fraud suddenly became a major source of lost revenue for the Exchequer ...

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