A Birmingham couple who lived a millionaire lifestyle by managing to avoid paying tax for 14 years have had their assets frozen by customs officers.
An investigation discovered the pair had made false claims for tax credits and failed to declare earnings from a taxi business and private tutoring.
Zadia Parveen claimed more than £100,000 tax credits between 2002 and 2008, giving false information about child care costs, household income and stated she was not living with her husband.
However, officers found her husband, Mohammed Shabir, was in fact living with her at their home The Mansion Mews, off Four Oaks Road, in Sutton Coldfield.
And they discovered he had also been working as a self-employed taxi driver but failed to declare his income, paying no taxes for at least 14 years.
The investigation revealed they had amassed a small fortune. In May 2007, Parveen, 40, a private tutor purchased a property for £488,000.
Income bonds of £270,000 were traced in Shabir’s name along with a further £230,000 in the name of their teenage son. Two of their four children attended fee-paying private schools.
Parveen has been sentenced to a two-year community order and told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work at Birmingham Crown Court. Shabir, a self employed taxi driver, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison at an earlier hearing.
Both pleaded guilty to charges of tax credit offences, fraudulent evasion of income tax and concealing and disguising criminal property.
Their assets which totalled almost £1 million have been restrained.
Confiscation proceedings have commenced in a bid to return the proceeds of their criminal action to the public purse.
Adrian Farley, assistant director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said: “The couple supported a millionaire lifestyle by stealing a great deal of public money. This fraud was motivated by pure greed with no regard for others.”