Jonathan Nugent was identified by HM Revenue and Customs as a wanted tax fugitive who fled the country shortly before his trial in 2000 for what is commonly known as ‘MTIC’ or carousel fraud. Today, he has been jailed at Manchester Crown Court for four and a half years following a successful application from the CPS to have him extradited.
Andrew Penhale, Deputy Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:
“John Nugent has been on the run for nearly 13 years but despite his best efforts he has not escaped justice.
“Shortly after Nugent landed in the Republic of Ireland, he was arrested as a result of a UK European Arrest Warrant obtained by the CPS. Nugent was then swiftly brought to court in the UK, where he admitted his offending when presented with the strength of the case against him.
“Nugent, and other organised crime gangs who defraud the British tax system, damage our society by reducing funds available for public spending; including millions of pounds which could have been used for schools, hospitals and other vital services. Working alongside HMRC, we will now make every effort to recover the proceeds of Nugent’s criminal conduct for the benefit of the public purse.”