51 million of criminal cash. The arrests took place in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and Tadworth, Surrey as five premises were searched for evidence by 50 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers, assisted by local police.Colin Booker, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:figures-vma95mpjooyh5qtfzoyk

“Money laundering and associated tax evasion is a serious offence and is usually the result of major organised crime gangs trying to clean up their dirty cash. We have worked closely with Staffordshire Police in this operation and will continue to pursue those who operate outside the law and attempt to evade tax. Anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax fraud can contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

Computers, personal and business records were removed during the searches, and investigations continue.


  • 1. Details of the arrests and searches on Wednesday 29 January 2014:
  • Three men and four women were arrested in Burton upon Trent. Two residential properties and one business address were searched.
  • One man was arrested in Tadworth, Surrey. One house in Tadworth and one business address in Croydon were searched.