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Alcohol Fraud

38 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 09 October 2012

A criminal gang was recently jailed for one of the biggest ever alcohol smuggling rackets in the UK. It's become big business for organised crime according to HMRC, with tax losses in unpaid duty as high as £1.2 billion per year. MP's are demanding tougher action. But these are highly complex frauds, which take years to investigate. Allan Urry examines the scale of the challenge facing the authorities, and reveals the extent to which criminals have penetrated the legitimate market in beer, wine and spirits
Presenter: Allan Urry
Producer: Paul Grant.

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    Alcohol fraud costs the exchequer more than a billion pounds a year. Allan Urry investigates how criminals have been able to gain a foothold in the legitimate drinks market.


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