Racing VAT fraud arrests

john holmes racing vat fraud

The former owner and founder of Great Leighs Racecouse, John Holmes was one of three people being questioned by HM Revenue and Customs criminal investigators on suspicion of being involved in an estimated £2.4 million racing VAT fraud connected to the industry.

He and his partner Jill Turner were understood to be two of the three people arrested in raids on residential addresses near Braintree in Essex and High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Two business premises were also searched.

The all-weather course opened in 2008 but last saw action in 2009.

HMRC declined to divulge the names of those arrested but said one man, aged 63, and a 50-year-old woman were arrested at their home near Braintree and a second man, aged 64, was arrested at an address in High Wycombe early yesterday.

A statement from HMRC said they were being questioned in relation to suspected fraud by “false representation, cheating the public revenue and money laundering”.

The BHA said: “We have been informed of the arrests. We understand that none of the individuals involved is a licensed person. This is a matter for HMRC.”

With flat racing today at Lingfield and Kempton, we’ve got two selections lined up for this afternoon….

Another small profit yesterday with our EW selection, ROYAL BAJAN filling the frame at 10/1…..

Lingfield 14.00…….THE GREAT GABRIAL skipped an event when we selected him 2 days ago and goes here. We keep with Alan McCabes’s charge who is a best price EW 8/1 with SkybetHe can get the better of  Nassau Storm who who is also on a very attractive mark, and who caught the eye at Kempton last time out….he is a the likely favourite with Jim Crowley aboard and at 9/2 with bet365
Kempton 18.40……We take Shelley Birkett’s ride, SHAVANSKY to follow up last months win. Ideally drawn here and with proven winning ability in this class is a best EW  16/1 with bet365 and 10’s with others.

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