Anthony Judge, who had spent 10 years in hiding after fleeing money laundering charges, was arrested after trying to enter Britain on a forged passport on July 4.
His name had recently been added to a “Most Wanted” list for Britain’s top 30 tax criminals. Judge becomes the second person to be arrested since the list was published.
Judge was added to the list in May when John Nugent, guilty of a 22 million-pound fraud, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after being caught in the United States.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has been coordinating a global push for tighter international taxation rules to weed out criminal activity as well as curb legal corporate tax avoidance.
Tobacco smugglers, company directors and money launderers featured among the new members of HMRC’s “most wanted” list – a compilation of 30 people suspected of, or found guilty of, tax crimes worth a total of £725 million.
“Our message is clear; tax fraud and evasion is illegal and will not be tolerated,” said George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer. “The government has stepped up HMRC’s enforcement activities to enable them to pursue tax cheats relentlessly around the world.”
The clampdown on tax avoidance and evasion was a major issue at the Group of Eight wealthy economies summit in June and has won voter support in Britain.
The high-profile HMRC list, styled on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) long-running ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’ list, was launched in 2012 and asks the public to supply information that could help track down its members.
HMRC said it had received new information on 17 of the original 20 fugitives, who are now believed to be hiding in countries around the globe, including Dubai, Switzerland and Tunisia. As many as nine on the list could still be in Britain.
Edited by Amy Willis