A Kirton man, caught with almost 25kg of illicit hand-rolling tobacco (HRT) in his house, has been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
HMRC searched the home of Grzegorz Glowinkowski, 35, of Kime Mews, Kirton, in June 2014. Officers found the non UK duty paid tobacco, worth almost £4,500 in lost duty and taxes, hidden in his loft, in black bin bags.
Glowinkowski, an agency worker, pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of excise duty in April 2015 and was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months, as well as 300 hours of unpaid work, when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court today, Friday May 22.
Stuart Taylor, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “The unregulated sale of illegal tobacco and cigarettes is not a victimless or harmless crime, and encourages otherwise honest people to trade with criminals.
“It undermines legitimate retailers who have to compete with illegal imports, but also costs the UK economy around £2 billion a year to spend on public services.
“We will continue to tackle excise fraud at all points of the supply chain and would encourage people with information about tobacco smuggling to contact the Customs’ Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”