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Taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund bin Laden
A network of British Asians based in London, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland mounted VAT and benefit frauds against the exchequer over two decades and made further gains from mortgage and credit card fraud targeting banks and individuals. The group netted an estimated £8bn in public money alone.
The gang, which has links to the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died, is alleged to have sent 1% of its gains, or £80m, to al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madrasahs, training camps and other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files.
The level of infiltration may have run throughout Government, with an internal report by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) claiming that “There are numerous [gang] members involved in think tanks and business forums which bring them into contact with senior British politicians.”
“I myself have seen one member shoulder to shoulder with Tony Blair on at least two occasions following the war in Iraq,” the writer added — although the Sunday Times notes that there is “no suggestion that Blair was aware of the alleged crimes.”