United Kingdom’s most wanted fugitive hunted in Kenya
He is said to have links in Nairobi, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam.
According to a Scottish daily newspaper, the duo are originally from ForFar in Scotland and were a part of an 18 person gang.
In 2013, Gareth aged 49, was expected to stand trial in England for a multi-billion pound tax fraud. However, he did not attend court and was sentenced to 12 years of prison in absentia.
According to the reports, the Johnsons were involved in the carousel fraud, which stretched across Andorra, Dubai, Hong Kong, USA, Switzerland, Portugal and the UK.
This kind of fraud entails charging a customer VAT on the sale of goods, but pocketing it instead of handing it over for revenue collection.
The report also states that before Geoffrey’s arrest, both he and his son had fled to Tanzania. Geoffrey’s arrest was done with joint effort from the Kenya authorities, UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Now in a paid advert, HMRC have announced that Gareth may be here in Kenya. It states that he has links in Nairobi, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam cities.
Daily Record reported Johnson’s brother Craig was jailed in 2008 for his part in a similar scheme that netted him millions of pounds.
In March 2016, UK courts ordered Gareth and his father to repay Sh15 billion of their criminal proceeds or face an extra 14 years in jail.
“Gareth Johnson should be in jail for six years. He should pay back a lot of money,” HRMC said.
The two are known to have led an extremely lavish lifestyle.
"Johnson’s fleet of cars was crazy.He bought top-of-the-range Bentleys, Ferraris and Porsches and had them parked everywhere. I don’t know how he chose what to drive. When they weren’t using their cars, they were getting flown around in their helicopter. It was a different world,” said an anonymous witness who spoke to the Scottish dailies.
HRMC says that there might be a reward for anyone who helps in Gareth’s arrest.
Geoffrey is now in England where is he serving a sentence in prison.
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