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Most wanted tax fraudster wants to be arrested.

 A Bristol businessman involved in a £156m VAT fraud wants to return to the UK and face his prison sentence after nearly 10 years on the run.

 
Former Knowle resident Nasser Ahmed told the Bristol Post over the phone from his Middle East hideout that he was ready to come home after fleeing the country during his tax trial, serve his time and launch an appeal against a hefty confiscation order.
 
In February 2005 Ahmed was found guilty of an £800,000 VAT fraud, which has since been increased to £156m after a confiscation hearing and investigation into his finances.
 
Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS comments:
“Ahmed claims that months after first contacting the authorities with his whereabouts, he has been ignored. He is currently prevented from returning to the UK without assistance as he no longer holds a passport, and claims he has contacted the British Embassy, Foreign Office and Treasury hotlines, but says his pleas to face justice continue to be ignored.”
 
An HMRC spokesperson said: “HMRC has no objection to Nassar Ahmed returning to the UK but we have not been notified of any firm arrangements from either him or his solicitor in terms of his return.
 
“We did speak with a solicitor representing the family earlier this year and said that we understood that Mr Ahmed was located in Pakistan.”
 
Ahmed is alleged to have made £156m in four years pocketing output VAT on sales of computer chips and mobile telephones by a firm operating from offices in Bristol. 
 
If you need any help and advice with VAT or other tax matters, contact Lavinia Newman Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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