The “appalling” way in which Britain’s organised crime bosses are being allowed to hold on to their illegal profits is revealed today.

New figures show that criminal “Mr Bigs” are repaying only £1 in every £6 that they owe to taxpayers.

The statistics — obtained using the Freedom of Information Act — show that major fraudsters and drugs barons are among 176 offenders who now owe nearly £700 million between them.

Reported by the Evening Standard. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.