HE made millions out of a complex VAT fraud.
But now millionaire businessman Amer Razwan Munir – whose property empire covered parts of Huddersfield – is behind bars.
And yesterday he was ordered by Manchester Crown Court to repay £5.6m in tax or face another seven years on top of the seven he is serving.
Munir, who lived a luxury lifestyle in the Cheshire countryside, made his money through a mobile phone scam, dodging VAT.
He then financed a huge property portfolio – including a large development in Huddersfield.
A Customs spokesman said: “Munir bought up three old Victorian houses in the Botham Hall area of Huddersfield.
“He then demolished those properties and was behind a development of 25 houses and flats. The people living there would have no idea about what was going on behind the scenes.”
Munir, convicted in December, is serving seven years for tax evasion and money laundering.
In its simplest form, the scam he used involved obtaining a VAT registration number in the UK for the purposes of purchasing goods free from VAT in another EU Member State, selling them at a VAT-inclusive purchase price in the UK and then going missing or defaulting from paying the VAT due to Customs.
A more abusive form of the fraud – known as carousel fraud – involves the same goods being traded around contrived supply chains within and beyond the EU, re-entering the UK on a number of occasions with the VAT stolen each time.
A spokesman said: “The goods most commonly associated with this fraud are mobile phones and computer chips.
“The organised criminal networks behind these frauds are well-resourced, innovative, resilient and known to be involved in wider criminality including armed robbery, kidnapping and drugs smuggling.”