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£50m alcohol duty fraudsters

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Brothers, Shakeel Awan and Imran Awan have been jailed for using a secret warehouse to store illegal vodka, before it was released into the UK market as part of a £50m duty fraud. They received sentences of 21 months and 14 months respectively, whilst an accomplice Michael Parker was given an 8 month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months plus a 200 hour community order.

The men used a non-registered warehouse with a secret entrance via a hidden shower cubicle door, to store vodka that was produced in Scotland, and on paper due to be exported to Belgium. HMRC raided the warehouse back in 2007 after a covert surveillance operation tracking the movement of criminal gangs and illegal alcohol from Essex to the North West.

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