Gareth Johnson, one of the most wanted criminals in the United Kingdom is believed to be hiding in Kenya or Tanzania
The HMRC has offered a reward for anyone who provides substantial information on his whereabouts
The United Kingdom’s tax authority HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are appealing for any information about a fugitive who is believed to have links in East Africa, specifically Nairobi, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam.
Gareth Johnson who is aged 49 and his father were part of a crime gang and is said to be one of United Kingdom’s most wanted fugitives.
He was born in Forfar, Scotland in on the 29th of February 1968.
Gareth is a man on the run, as he was supposed to stand trial in England for tax fraud in 2013 but failed to appear in court.
In his absence, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He has been running ever since.
In 2016, UK courts orders Gareth and his dad to pay around 109 million pounds ( over 14.86 billion Kenya shillings) for their crimes or face extra jail time.
They still owe the HM Revenue and Customs that money.
Geoffrey Johnson, Gareth’s father was arrested in Dubai in this year after flying from Mombasa using a fake passport.
He was taken back to the United Kingdom and sent to prison.
According to the UK courts, Gareth is supposed to be in jail for 26 years since he owes the HMRC a lot of cash.
The HMRC suspects that he might be in East Africa, narrowing it down to Kenya and Tanzania.
If you see him, report him immediately to the following numbers:
UK HMRC Fraud Hotline - +44 2013 080 0871 or 0202 844 2016 (local)
You might get a financial reward if your information is important.
Here is the HMRC's memo:
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