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Official records showed Geoffrey and Joshua paid no income tax between 20 - and Andrew paid just £15,930.

Joshua could spend millions in a single session at a Las Vegas gambling table and had numerous photos of him posing in private jets, casinos and with bundles of cash in briefcases.

Between them the Copp trio owned at least four Bentleys, seven Range Rovers, three Lamborghinis as well as a Ferrari and four Mercedes.

Accountant Simon Hathaway, 51, whose firm netted £400,000 for his work for them over a two year period and allegedly helped in the scam was acquitted of false accounting and conspiracy to cheat the public revenue.

This included travelling to Miami, returning in June 2015 with £134,500 worth of watches and £94,000 of jewellery, as well as £7,700 in cash.

The trio claimed they did not know there was a VAT debt and had left the VAT to their accountant.

NTS chairman Lord Toby Harris said: ‘To have saved consumers more than £5 million in three years is a great achievement and shows the powerful effect the National Trading Standards Scams Team is having.

'Each defendant played an important role, albeit a distinct role in that offence which is the main charge in this case.'Joshua Copp spent a lot of his money living this high life.

He had a free and easy attitude to the spending of this pot of taxpayer's money.'During 2014-2015 £9.2m was transferred to him from the CPS and QPS accounts.

Training sessions took place at Royal Mail delivery offices across the UK this week and more than 2,000 staff have been trained to date, resulting in more than 70 households being helped to avoid falling prey to mail scammers, NTS said.

Since its inception, the team had directly stopped at least £2.7 million from making its way in to the hands of criminals and had supported local trading standards teams to make savings of a further £2.3 million.

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