Game­keeper turned poacher

For­mer HMRC worker and hus­band guilty of mas­sive tax fraud

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A MAR­RIED Uxbridge cou­ple rak­ing in over a mil­lion pounds in prop­erty let­tings were found guilty and sen­tenced for tax fraud, com­mit­ted while the wife worked for HMRC.

For­mer HMRC em­ployee, 47-year-old Savita Seth and her hus­band Naveen Seth, 47, both of Manor Waye in Uxbridge, failed to de­clare over £1.2 mil­lion earned from their prop­erty port­fo­lio to HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms (HMRC) and falsely claimed tax cred­its.

The wife avoided jail with a two year prison sen­tence, sus­pended for two years on Wed­nes­day last week and hus­band Naveen was handed a three year and eight months prison sen­tence on Fe­bru­ary 26, 2016.

Both were found guilty af­ter a trial at Isle­worth Crown Court on Jan­uary 14, 2016.

The pair didn’t tell HMRC about the money they had earned from rent­ing out and sell­ing prop­er­ties – evad­ing over £170,000 in Cap­i­tal Gains and In­come Tax af­ter al­low­able busi­ness ex­penses were taken into ac­count. The cou­ple also con­tin­ued to claim tax cred­its with­out declar­ing the cash.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors un­cov­ered ev­i­dence prov­ing that be­tween 1996 and 2012, the cou­ple bought 16 prop­er­ties and lied about the in­come they made.

At the time they were caught, they owned nine res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in Lon­don and Berk­shire, two busi­ness premises – one in Bin­g­ley, West York­shire, and one in Cum­bria, a static car­a­van in the UK and two hol­i­day homes in Spain and USA.

The pair rented out the ma­jor­ity of the prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing rooms in their own home, and their drive­way.

Joff Par­sons, head of In­ter­nal Gov­er­nance Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions, HMRC, said: “As an HMRC em­ployee Savita Seth was in a priv­i­leged po­si­tion and knew bet­ter than to hide her in­come.

“But she was mo­ti­vated by greed and be­trayed the trust that was placed in her and cheated the tax sys­tem she was em­ployed to up­hold.

“HMRC will not tol­er­ate mis­con­duct. We will thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate any al­le­ga­tion of wrong do­ing and bring those re­spon­si­ble be­fore the courts so jus­tice can be served.”

The pair were also found to have sub­mit­ted false claims for tax cred­its re­sult­ing in them re­ceiv­ing an over­pay­ment of £66,242.

Con­fis­ca­tion pro­ceed­ings will now com­mence to re­claim any fi­nan­cial gain that the Seths made from com­mit­ting th­ese crimes.

She was mo­ti­vated by greed and be­trayed the trust that was placed in her

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