Di­rec­tor guilty of £160,000 tax fraud

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A COM­PANY di­rec­tor from Birm­ing­ham has been jailed for four years af­ter he was caught steal­ing more than £160,000 in tax.

Craig McDougall, 46, was sen­tenced fol­low­ing a trial at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court on June 30.

McDougall of Lindsworth Road, Kings Nor­ton, owns a Wythall­based heavy goods haulage busi­ness and blamed HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms (HMRC) for los­ing his busi­ness records.

But in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to check his bank records against his VAT and in­come tax re­turns which showed huge dis­crep­an­cies.

Of­fi­cers found that dur­ing 2011 and 2013, when McDougall claimed his turnover was £649,000, it was in re­al­ity over £830,000.

He also claimed his in­come was only £17,000 for those years, but had with­drawn more than £235,000, which he couldn’t ac­count for.

The to­tal amount was £161,175.

Paul Fisher, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor, fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion ser­vice at HMRC, said: “McDougall was naive to think he could get away with this fraud by blam­ing oth­ers to cover up his de­ceit.

“He was abus­ing the tax sys­tem and de­priv­ing pub­lic ser­vices of vi­tal fund­ing to give him­self an un­fair ad­van­tage over his hon­est com­peti­tors.” of the fraud

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