Fraudster jailed for car racket

A man has been jailed after pleading guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh to a £600,000 fraud involving an international car import business.

The judge was told that John Gilmour, 52, brought four-wheel drive cars from Cyprus to the UK, where he sold them without paying the VAT which was due.

He was given a sentence of two years and three months for cheating Customs

Hospital manager admits $1m fraud

A hospital manager who helped steal £585,000 – thought to be one of the biggest frauds against a single NHS trust – is facing a long jail term.

Joy Henry, 47, siphoned off the money over four years from King’s College NHS Trust, and split the proceeds with her then boyfriend, who is still missing.

Henry, of Elliot Court, South Norwood, admitted one count of conspiracy just before her trial was due to start

Businessmen jailed for Dome fraud

Two lighting contractors who defrauded the Millennium Dome company out of £4m have been jailed by a London court.

The judge said Simon Brophy took advantage of “chaos” in the building of the Dome and jailed him for 56 months.

Brophy, 39, of Wakefield, West Yorks, admitted conspiracy to defraud, corruption, providing false information and moving crime proceeds from the UK

22 years jail for VAT fraud gang

A gang of four fraudsters, including a former US judge and a music producer, has been jailed for a total of 22 years for their part in a £40m VAT fraud.

For over two years the group bought and sold mobile phones through bogus firms, using fake receipts to charge VAT.

Musician Stephen Pigott, 42, of Dubai, was jailed for nine years while ex-New York judge Stacey Haber-Hofberg, 43, of Liphook, Hampshire, received six years

US reporter jailed in CIA trial

A US court has jailed New York Times journalist Judith Miller for refusing to testify in an investigation into the unmasking of a CIA agent in 2003.

Miller has argued journalists must be allowed to keep sources confidential in order to preserve freedom of the press.

Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, who had also refused to give evidence, said he had received a “dramatic” message, freeing him to testify

Yukos ex-chief jailed for 9 years

Former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of six charges including tax evasion.

But his ordeal may not be at an end as Russian prosecutors have said they will soon bring fresh charges against him.

The news came as Mr Khodorkovsky was found guilty of six of the seven charges of tax evasion, fraud and embezzlement he had faced

Lord Black facing criminal probe

US federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into newspaper tycoon Conrad Black, it has been confirmed.

Lord Black, his former deputy David Radler and their company Hollinger Inc are already facing a civil lawsuit from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

They are accused of fraudulently taking $85m (£46m) from newspaper group Hollinger International

Adelphia founder guilty of fraud

US cable TV millionaire John Rigas and his son Timothy have been found guilty of 18 counts of fraud and conspiracy.

The elder Mr Rigas co-founded Adelphia Communications in 1952 and grew it into the fifth biggest US cable TV operator.

Adelphia went bust in 2002 with debts of $7bn (£3