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Gambia gang trio locked up for PS300,000 VAT swindle.

Byline: Brett Gibbons

THREE gang members - including two from the Midlands - have been jailed for their roles in a PS300,000 VAT fraud.

The trio, originally from Gambia, all admitted setting up nine fake companies, including a clothing manufacturer, a publishing house and a software engineering business.

They then submitted tax repayment claims from the firms, but there was no evidence of trading, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

They were arrested last March when investigators raided five properties and seized business and banking records.

They pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue, contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Pa Modou Njai.

Pa Modou Njai., 30, of Princess Gate, West Bromwich, was jailed for 18 months and banned from being ||Ousman Moustapha Njai

a company director for five years.

Ousman Moustapha Njai, 33, of Handsworth New Road, Winson Green, received the same sentence.

Annas Bah.

And Annas Bah, 34, from Manchester, was jailed for three years and banned from holding directorships for seven years.

Adrian Farley, assistant director of criminal investigation Revenue & Customs, said: "This case sends a clear message to anyone involved or considering fraud - your time is up. We are working relentlessly to combat those involved in tax evasion and fraud and bring them before the courts."

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