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Fisheries director netted in tax fraud investigation

Fisheries director netted in tax fraud investigation

Press Releases   •   Jul 07, 2017 12:29 BST

A 49-year-old Anstruther businessman, who faked paperwork to steal almost £490,000 in tax refunds he was not entitled to, has been jailed after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators uncovered his VAT fraud.

Essex fraudster ordered to repay £3.3m

Essex fraudster ordered to repay £3.3m

Press Releases   •   May 19, 2017 14:05 BST

An Essex fraudster who was jailed for a VAT scam must sell his home, luxury cars and expensive watches to repay £3.3 million he stole.

Fermanagh VAT fraudster ordered to repay crime cash

Fermanagh VAT fraudster ordered to repay crime cash

Press Releases   •   May 05, 2017 17:37 BST

A County Fermanagh farmer, who was jailed in 2014 for stealing £1.3 million in fraudulent VAT repayments, has been ordered to pay back more than £390,000, or serve a further three and a half years in prison.

Restaurateur sentenced for cooking the books in £87,000 VAT fraud

Restaurateur sentenced for cooking the books in £87,000 VAT fraud

Press Releases   •   Mar 17, 2017 13:52 GMT

An Edinburgh businessman, who owned two Indian restaurants in the city, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after his VAT evasion was uncovered by an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

Sloane Street tailors sentenced for tax fraud

Sloane Street tailors sentenced for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Mar 15, 2017 12:20 GMT

A father and daughter who ran a Chelsea tailors have been sentenced after pocketing around £700,000 that should have been paid in tax.

‘Fantasist’ furniture fixer’s fabric-ated fraud fails

‘Fantasist’ furniture fixer’s fabric-ated fraud fails

Press Releases   •   Feb 17, 2017 16:48 GMT

A Wiltshire woman, who falsely claimed to be a furniture restorer to commit a £166,000 VAT fraud, has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Own goal for conning café couple

Own goal for conning café couple

Press Releases   •   Feb 17, 2017 14:06 GMT

Two North London café-owners, who stole £67,000 in tax and spent it on gifts including Premier League football tickets for their family, have been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Jail for runaway fraudster whose tax scam was grounded

Jail for runaway fraudster whose tax scam was grounded

Press Releases   •   Jan 06, 2017 15:58 GMT

The owner of a London video conferencing company, who fled the country after faking documents and making up figures on his tax returns to steal £500,000, has been jailed for 45 months.

Payback time for jailed Luton bus operator

Payback time for jailed Luton bus operator

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2016 11:14 GMT

A Luton businessman, who provided bus services for vulnerable people, has been ordered to pay back more than £156,000 he stole through a tax fraud or face a further five years in prison.

Mechanic hid his business from taxman

Mechanic hid his business from taxman

Press Releases   •   Nov 28, 2016 10:41 GMT

A Manchester garage boss has been jailed for tax fraud after he hid his business activities from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and stole £118,000 from UK taxpayers.

Edinburgh VAT fraudster sentenced

Edinburgh VAT fraudster sentenced

Press Releases   •   Nov 17, 2016 12:32 GMT

An Edinburgh builder, who stole almost £120,000 of VAT that he had charged his customers, has been jailed for 20 months after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Tax-cheating councillor cooked the books

Tax-cheating councillor cooked the books

Press Releases   •   Oct 07, 2016 12:51 BST

A parish councillor and his brother, who lied about the takings at their Lincolnshire restaurant to steal almost £64,000 in tax, have been jailed.

Lavish lifestyle over for Essex fraudster

Lavish lifestyle over for Essex fraudster

Press Releases   •   Oct 06, 2016 15:54 BST

An Essex businessman who funded a lavish lifestyle of expensive houses, luxury cars and a Marbella holiday home through a £4.75 million VAT fraud has been jailed for six years.

Company director in a pickle

Company director in a pickle

Press Releases   •   Sep 23, 2016 09:55 BST

A Birmingham company director, who claimed to run a business producing whisky, chutney and jam, has been sentenced after it was revealed it was just a front for him to steal almost £110,000 in a tax fraud.

The businessman and the bogus books

The businessman and the bogus books

Press Releases   •   Sep 09, 2016 16:39 BST

A London businessman, who cooked the books of his television production company to rob the UK taxpayer of more than £410,000 in a VAT fraud, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Edinburgh construction firm director jailed for £275,000 VAT fraud

Edinburgh construction firm director jailed for £275,000 VAT fraud

Press Releases   •   Aug 25, 2016 12:14 BST

The director of an Edinburgh construction company, who lied about her business expenses in a VAT fraud, has been jailed for two years after an investigation into her company’s finances by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Mechanic pays the penalty for tax fraud

Mechanic pays the penalty for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Aug 12, 2016 12:44 BST

A West Yorkshire mechanic who stole more than £300,000 in VAT payments has been jailed after attempting to justify the fraud by telling HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that he was ‘no accountant’.

Bus operator jailed as £1m scam hits the skids

Bus operator jailed as £1m scam hits the skids

Press Releases   •   Aug 08, 2016 17:37 BST

A Luton businessman, who provided bus services for vulnerable people, has been sentenced for a £1 million tax fraud.

Spark goes out on electrical fraudster's VAT scam

Spark goes out on electrical fraudster's VAT scam

Press Releases   •   Aug 02, 2016 10:20 BST

The director of a Scunthorpe electrical contracting company, who faked invoices to help steal more than £147,000 in tax, has been jailed.

London bookkeeper jailed for VAT fraud

London bookkeeper jailed for VAT fraud

Press Releases   •   Jun 21, 2016 11:00 BST

A London bookkeeper who pretended to be a qualified accountant has been jailed after a failed attempt to steal £119,898 through fraudulent VAT repayments.