The claim was made by a senior representative from HM Revenue Customs at an economic crime conference in Cambridge.
It comes amid mounting concern over double standards by the non-ministerial department, as it appears to be pursuing a far more rigorous approach to exposing less prominent members of society over fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion while backing off the super-rich.
Richard Las, the deputy director of HMRC in charge of organised crime, admitted that a different approach is taken towards the ‘very wealthy’.
He said: “When deciding whether to deploy our resources, we try to understand what motivates different types of offenders. For example, some tax offenders are very wealthy, prominent members of the community,” he told The Times.