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Published on Jul 9, 2012

A SOLIHULL man who conned UK tax officials out of £34 million has been jailed for 17 years – one of the longest sentences in British criminal history for fraud – it can be revealed today.

Thomas Scragg, from Hockley Heath, was jailed for a total of 17 years following three separate fraud convictions against HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) – the latest, in March 2011, for stealing millions of pounds in employee PAYE tax following a joint investigation by West Midlands Police and HMRC.

The extent of Scragg’s racket has remained a secret until now as cases against his two henchmen – Carl and Anthony Johnson from Wolverhampton – progressed through court.

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