A key member of a criminal gang who hoped to make millions of pounds by producing and selling counterfeit tobacco has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Gary Lampon, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said:
"The scale of this fraud was staggering. Klein had a key role in the conspiracy to launch a UK production facility, manufacturing counterfeit tobacco goods by the million. The gang's ambition to progress from importing counterfeit cigarettes to manufacturing them on an industrial scale shows a determined ruthlessness to line their own pockets. They had no regard to the potential harm their criminal activity causes to individuals, communities and legitimate businesses."
– – GARY LAMPON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR HMRC