On 9th June, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism published an article saying that a British fraudster who stole millions of euros of taxpayers’ money had links to a network based in north-west England suspected of large-scale criminal activity for more than 2 decades. It says that leaked documents reveal Imran Yakub Ahmed, 45, from Preston, who now lives a life of luxury in Dubai, was under investigation by the UK authorities as early as 1998 over concerns about his links with members of the suspected network. A decade later he would go on to be involved in what has been described as “the fraud of the century”. He was convicted by an Italian court in 2017 for his participation in a criminal conspiracy to steal VAT. The Bureau worked with the Sunday Times, the German non-profit Correctiv and 35 European newsrooms to review thousands of leaked documents from HMRC and prosecutors from across Europe, in a project called “Grand Theft Europe” involving carbon credits fraud.