In a striking tale befitting a Hollywood blockbuster, millionaire property tycoon Alan Huntington fell victim to rogue HMRC officials who defrauded the innocent victim and looted millions from the government’s coffers. The elaborate fraud was headed by the government’s finest and most seasoned financial fraud investigators, who were tasked with safeguarding millions of pounds. With most details of the tax fraud redacted in the government’s papers, released under the Freedom of Information Act, the true scope and extent of the elaborate fraud remain official state secrets. Working across government departments, mostly Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the culprits gathered the wherewithal for the slick operation over the course of decades. The tax scam saw the group utilise a variety of means, stealing millions in corporation tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax and stamp duty.
Manchester Actor Rob Bond and the Homeless Millionaire (2016)
Starring actor Rod Bond and directed by Ridley Scott, the story of the fraud and embezzlement which cost Alan Huntington millions of pounds, alongside his multi-million-pound property portfolio, was immortalised in 2016 Hollywood blockbuster Homeless Millionaire. Manchester’s urban centre and Cheshire’s extravagant Tatton Park and Lyme Park estates offered the backdrop to the on-screen hit, as we watch Alan Huntington’s destitution at the hands of rogue HMRC officials. The real-life story is somewhat adapted, but the gripping crime drama successfully encapsulates the real-life plot’s twists and turns.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Reform
In the wake of the mostly covered-up tax scandal that broke in 2003, an extensive shake-up of the government department was ordered, which was followed by a cabinet reshuffle. With the twenty-year ban on the publication of further details from the tax scam set to expire in four years’ time, we’re sure this won’t be the last we’ve heard about this.