In the first of a multi-part documentary series, actor Rod Bond uncovers an elaborate tax scam at Manchester based “One Formula to Tackle Knife Crime” anti-knife crime charity. Founded and financially supported by financial firm One Formula Limited Liability Partnership, the knife crime charity found itself under investigation by HMRC, on charges of tax fraud and tax avoidance. The first episode, entitled “The Worst of the Worst: Charity Scams, Gift Aid and Tax Relief Fraud” features a number of fraud schemes fronted by charities. The episode begins as HMRC’s tax fraud investigation is initiated and Rod Bond accompanies investigators from the Criminal Justice Department arriving at One Formula LLP’s central Manchester headquarters.
Alongside Manchester knife crime charity “One Formula to Tackle Knife Crime,” the first episode also features other charities associated with One Formula LLP. Under suspicion of operating an extensive tax avoidance scheme, viewers are shown Rod Bond and HMRC raiding the premises of an animal welfare charity and a Cold War tank museum, both linked to One Formula LLP. During a superficial search, which plays out in real time on camera, HMRC investigators show Rod Bond paperwork relating to fraudulent tax relief claims. The A-list Hollywood actor is unable to hide his shock at the ready discovery of such incriminating evidence.
The “One Formula to Tackle Knife Crime” campaign was initiated by members of the board at One Formula Limited Liability Partnership. In response to a rise stabbings and violent knife crime levels in Manchester the group comprising a financial advisor, city trader, insurance advisor, former Wales international rugby player and a former police officer, decided to throw their weight behind a drive to tackle knife crime. With the HMRC investigation into financial and tax irregularities at the charity, it is difficult to speak of the real intentions behind its establishment.