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Brit tax cheat deported; hid in Ottawa for years

A notorious millionaire British tax cheat has been booted from Canada.

Like a lot of other alleged scammers, the Birmingham Mail said Hussain Asad Chohan hid in plain sight in Ottawa.

Chohan fled the UK while he was on trial for his role in a tobacco smuggling caper in 2006. He spent more than 11 years on the run and owes a mouthwatering $91 million.

The 49-year-old was pinched and deported back to the UK last week where he is being held in jail. He is now serving a 12-year prison sentence.

Chohan was extradited by a team of officers from HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Offender Management and Enforcement Team, with the assistance from the RCMP and Interpol.

The Mail said Chohan fled first to Pakistan, then Dubai and finally to Canada where he lived comfortably using a bogus ID.

Indeed, a convicted scam artist must have thought he was in hog heaven in Ottawa. POSTMEDIA

Chohan was linked to a £185m tax scam involving phony companies set up to fraudulently reclaim taxes by faking the import and export of mobile phones and microchips.

Because Chohan won’t pay up, he’ll do an extra seven years in prison. His debt is growing at a rate of almost $10,000 a day.

According to the British newspaper, Chohan began laying down roots for a new life in Canada in 2010, making frequent trips from Dubai.

He lived in Ottawa under the false name of Muhammad Afzal Khan, and was tracked down by HMRC working closely with the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency.

RCMP arrested Chohan at Toronto airport as he returned to Canada from the United Arab Emirates in September 2016.

He was placed in custody at a correctional centre in Lindsay, before eventually being flown back to the UK.

“Chohan thought he could avoid prison by fleeing the country and ran away to set up a new life for himself,” said Simon York, Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC.

“But he couldn’t run forever and his criminal past eventually caught up with him.”

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