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Dubai tax fugitive named among UK's most wanted

Hussain Chohan is included on new list published by HM Revenue & Customs

Dubai tax fugitive named among UK's most wanted
Hussain Chohan

A convicted fraudster living in Dubai has been named one of the UK's most wanted tax fugitives.

Hussain Chohan is wanted for failing to appear in court for his part in an estimated £200m fraud.

The 44-year-old British-Pakistani was sentenced to eleven years in absentia for smuggling and fraud offences and failing to appear in court.

He has also been served with a £33m confiscation order.

He is included on the new list published by HM Revenue & Customs which said it has received new intelligence confirming Chohan’s location.

The gallery has been viewed over 1.5 million times with new intelligence received from the public on the current whereabouts of 17 of the 20 named on the original list.

Building on this success, HMRC has also launched an interactive map showing whereabouts in the world the tax fugitives are believed to be.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “Our message is clear; tax fraud and evasion is illegal and will not be tolerated. Millions of hard-working people pay their taxes and it is they who are being defrauded. The government has stepped up HMRC’s enforcement activities to enable them to pursue tax cheats relentlessly around the world.

“The publication of HMRC’s Most Wanted has already helped catch two people wanted for tax fraud. This new list will help put more tax fraudsters in the spotlight and bring them to justice.”

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Jim Omas 6 years ago

Nobody asks where are you getting this money to buy property. Its a haven.

Victory 6 years ago

Why don't they just put out an Interpol arrest warrant for this guy & have him picked up when he next passes through an international airport?

If he is known to be living in Dubai, how about knocking on his door someone?

Another 'British' guy making the headlines!

SadlyNothingChanged 6 years ago

Nope. Another "first, biggest" for Dubai.
Still waiting for a cleanup

shaheen 6 years ago

A major reason why the Dubai property market is booming is because unlike the UK, investors are not questioned about the source of income . The real estate agents are just hungry to make comissions on property deals. Infact when I was in the UAE in 2012 an agent I was dealing with told me he had clients in Pakistan buying property in Dubai with pakistani rupees which had been exchanged to dirhams using the hawala network. In the UK you need to show source of income to the real estate company and your solicitor, to check it is not laundered money.