Identity theft gang jailed

Four members of a Southampton-based organised crime gang, who stole more than 3,000 identities in an attempt to defraud at least £2m of Income Tax repayments, have been jailed.

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Gang stole more than 3,000 identities

Ruslanas Bobrovas and Lyubomyr Sytaiylo, two of the gang Credit: HMRC

Four members of a Southampton-based organised crime gang, who stole more than 3,000 identities in an attempt to defraud at least £2 million of Income Tax repayments, have been jailed.

Those whose identities were hijacked were mainly Polish people living in the UK, often London-based builders and construction workers looking for work or advertising their business services. The gang’s fake adverts appeared in a UK-based magazine aimed at Eastern Europeans.

One of the gang, Lyubomyr Sytaiylo, had been a tax agent. After he turned to crime a number of unsuspecting people, who contacted him for tax assistance. also had their identities hijacked and used by the fraudsters.

The sentences ranged from three years to seven and a half years imprisonment.

Southampton-based organised crime gang jailed

Four members of a Southampton-based organised crime gang, who stole more than 3,000 identities in an attempt to defraud at least £2 million of Income Tax repayments, have been jailed.

The four men, all Eastern Europeans who live in Southampton and London, played different roles in the fraud against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by submitting false Self Assessment tax repayment claims using stolen and hijacked identities.

The gang stole the identities of people who answered their classified adverts offering the possibility of work, and also created identities based on contact details found in other classified notices. Those whose identities were hijacked were mainly Polish people living in the UK.

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