Police Expose Midlands Fraud Empire

Thomas Scragg

A Solihull man has been given one of the longest fraud sentences in British history for conning the taxman out of 34 million pounds.

Thomas Scragg (pictured) from Rotherhams Oak Lane in Hockley Heath has been jailed for 17 years after being found guilty of three separate fraud convictions.

The 56-year-old ran a payroll firm called ‘Moya Payroll’ which he used to launder £26m in tax between 2002 and 2007.

He paid workers what they were owed, but kept payments that should have gone to the Government.

West Midlands Police also discovered he acquired a further £8m of Pay-as-you-earn tax in a ten month period from April 2007 to February 2008.

Scragg has been in jail since November 2010 but we’re only allowed to talk about it now because two other men were still in court over this.

Carl and Anthony Johnson from Wolverhampton were found guilty of money laundering on the 9th July – lifting reporting restrictions on the case.

Carl Johnson, 49 of Bushbury Road, Bushbury, Wolverhampton and Anthony Johnson, 41 of The Avenue, Bushbury, Wolverhampton will be sentenced at a later date.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how the Johnson Brothers lived a life of luxury by using the £2.4m Scragg paid them for their “protection services”.

Detective Chief Inspector Shaun Edwards from West Midlands Police said: “This was fraud and money laundering on a massive scale; it deprived the public purse of millions of pounds and Scragg’s audacity is shown by the fact that he continued fraud in various guises even after he knew he was being investigated.

“They were once heard to joke ‘crime DOES pay’ they now have plenty of time to reconsider this option.”

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