Illegal Tobacco keep it out

Former football chief scores tax fraud own goal

A former football club chief executive has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after admitting to not paying duty on £4.5m-worth of cigarettes.

A former football club chief executive has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after admitting to not paying duty on £4.5m-worth of cigarettes.

Guy Simpson, 52, who was chief executive of West Midlands non-league team Halesowen Town, was charged after he tried to smuggle 21 million fake Regal cigarettes through Southampton port in 2008.

The cigarettes were on board a cargo vessel from China. Import documents claimed the ship’s containers instead held exercise gym balls.

Customs said it was the largest cigarette haul ever uncovered in Southampton.

Read the full story here.

Related Questions