“Gangsters”…”a sprawling gang of British Asians infiltrated government departments, associated with Abu Hamza and one of the 7/7 bombers.” This wasn’t “Goodfellas.” This was jihad — a Muslim army funding terror. The way the Daily Mail covers this story here is yet another manifestation of the enemedia’s determination to obscure the reality of the jihad threat. All over Europe we have seen jihadis fund their jihad by collecting welfare benefits from the kuffar, or by stealing from them. This is because the Quran tells Muslims to collect the jizya from the kuffar. And when they won’t give it, take it. That’s what was happening here.
“Gangsters with links to the 7/7 London bombings stole £8billion from British taxpayers in 20-year fraud before funnelling cash to Pakistan to support Osama Bin Laden,” by Joel Adams, Mailonline, March 31, 2019 (thanks to Lukasz):
A network of fraudsters stole billions of pounds from taxpayers in a 20-year crime spree on an industrial scale, funneling tens of millions to terrorists including Osama Bin Laden, according to police and intelligence files.
An investigation by The Sunday Times has revealed how a sprawling gang of British Asians infiltrated government departments, associated with Abu Hamza and one of the 7/7 bombers, bought Ferraris with personalised plates and cosied up to politicians including Tony Blair – all while keeping their operations so secretive investigators had to resort to tying a camera to a dog to glean intelligence from inside one of their factories.
The files show four HMRC investigators pleaded with bosses to prosecute the crimelords but were rebuffed – and one claims he was prevented from sharing HMRC data with MI5 because the Revenue wanted to maintain the confidentiality of the terror suspects’ tax records.
HMRC told MailOnline it ‘can, has always, and does’ pass information on to intelligence agencies ‘within minutes if necessary’ and that confidentiality ‘doesn’t come into it’.
An estimated £8bn was stolen from the taxpayer through scams including benefit fraud and a massive VAT swindle. The sum, equivalent to the GDP of Kyrgystan or Kosovo, is three times as much as the Government spends on MI5, MI6 and GCHQ each year.
The gang is alleged to have sent one per cent of the money – £80 million – to al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it was spent on madrasas and terrorist training camps. MI5 sources say prior to his death in 2011 some of the money had reached Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The true scale of the gang’s profits, augmented by mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, and investments of the stolen cash, is unknown.
Some members of the syndicate have received and in some cases even finished jail terms – of a combined 100 years for frauds worth £100m – since the crimes first came to light in 1995, but the public has been prevented from hearing about the case or the identities of the wrongdoers by court orders.
The Crown Prosecution Service insists reporting might prejudice potential trials of the gang’s ringleaders – despite the fact the kingpins fled the country years ago and are believed to be in hiding in the Middle East.
A four-year investigation by the Inland Revenue pooled intelligence from tax, customs, police, immigration and trading standards and put suspects under surveillance.
It concluded that the gang was using a network of factories and companies and exploiting their workers for identity and benefit frauds, the sale of counterfeit goods, car crash scams and mortgage and credit card frauds.
HMRC found the gang used ‘hijacked or altered national insurance numbers to create false records’ and exploited ‘illegal immigrant labour’ before laundering the cash ‘through bogus offshore companies’.
An undercover HMRC officer reported that hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza recruited young Muslims to work for the crime syndicate in the late 1990s, years before he became infamous as an al-Qaeda recruiter.
A source said the factories which employed those workers Hamza recruited had extra staff who ‘were ghosts claiming benefits and having car crashes’.
The source added: ‘A factory of 180 workers only had 120 physical workers. The rest were identity frauds with all proceeds going back to the owners of the companies. This generated around £20,000 a week in benefit claims alone.’
But the gang proved extremely difficult to penetrate, the report says. Undercover agents eventually resorted to attaching a camera to a dog and encouraging it to run around inside one of the network’s factories just to find out how many people actually worked there.
The gang’s biggest money-maker was so-called ‘carousel fraud’, a complex and industrial-scale swindle in which four companies, two in the UK and two in the EU, ‘sell’ goods to each other with some of the firms ‘reclaiming’ VAT from the British government, while others never pay the VAT bill they rack up (see box).
This fraud was prolonged and well-financed, and included real factories employing hundreds of staff making thousands of real products.
1. Real factories obtain contracts to make clothes for famous brands
2. They produce perhaps 200,000 garments for the client plus an extra 40,000 to sell in markets at half price
3. Family members then visit stores with half-price items, and exchange them for other full-price goods.
Investigators concluded the gang had gained more than £1 billion from illegitimate VAT rebates in a single postcode area….
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