Worker ad­mits £35,000 taxfraud

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

An East Mains man has ad­mit­ted a £35,000 tax fraud.

Wil­liam Doo­nan, 61, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of de­fraud­ing HM Rev­enue & Cus­toms at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court on Fri­day.

Fis­cal de­pute Cal­lum Forsyth told the court Doo­nan was caught when an HMRC in­spec­tor car­ried out a VAT in­spec­tion at Veitchi Floor­ing Lim­ited in East Kil­bride on Novem­ber 4, 2015.

Sus­pi­cion was aroused when com­pany records re­vealed that nu­mer­ous pay­ments in­clu­sive of VAT were be­ing made to Doo­nan’s per­sonal bank ac­count.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­cov­ered that Doo­nan was con­tin­u­ing to act as a sub­con­trac­tor and re­peat­edly fraud­u­lently de­clared that he was reg­is­tered for VAT de­spite be­ing de­clared in­sol­vent.

Mr Forsyth said: “Be­tween May 5, 2009 and Novem­ber 5, 2015 nu­mer­ous pay­ments were made to his [Doo­nan’s] ac­count.

“The to­tal amount dur­ing that pe­riod was £35,000 for Value Added Tax.”

The orig­i­nal fig­ure on the in­dict­ment was £50,000.

The Crown sought per­mis­sion to seize the cash un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act 2017.

Sher­iff Marie Smart ad­journed the case for Crim­i­nal Jus­tice So­cial Work and Re­stric­tion of Lib­erty Or­der re­ports.

Doo­nan, of Stir­ling Drive, was or­dered back to the dock for sen­tenc­ing on March 9.

A pro­ce­dural hear­ing was sched­uled for April 6.

Bail was con­tin­ued.

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