Cur­few or­der for £35K fraud­ster

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

A floor layer from East Kil­bride who ad­mit­ted a £35,000 tax fraud has been handed a cur­few or­der.

Wil­liam Doo­nan, 61, from Stir­ling Drive, East Mains charged cus­tomers VAT while work­ing as a sub-con­trac­tor for lo­cal firm Veitchi Floor­ing Lim­ited.

Be­tween 2009 and 2015, de­spite be­ing de-reg­is­tered for VAT in 2004, he was fraud­u­lently charg­ing cus­tomers VAT on the goods and ser­vices he sup­plied.

Fis­cal de­pute Cal­lum Forsyth told the court Doo­nan was caught when a VAT in­spec­tion was car­ried out in 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 sub-con­trac­tor and re­peat­edly fraud­u­lently de­clared that he was reg­is­tered for VAT de­spite be­ing de­clared in­sol­vent.

Af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms (HMRC), Doo­nan was de­tained in April 2016 and pled guilty at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court in Fe­bru­ary.

He was or­dered to re­main within his home be­tween the hours of 9pm and 8am for a pe­riod of eight months.

Joe Hendry, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion ser­vice at HMRC, said: “This was a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt by Doo­nan to steal tax and line his pock­ets. He knew he had been de-reg­is­tered for VAT but de­cided to flout the law and keep the money. Tax fraud is a se­ri­ous crime.”

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