Potato merchant guilty of £160,000 tax evasion
A POTATO merchant faces jail after being found guilty of conning the tax man out of more than £160,000.
Scott Coupland, 48, of Leadenflower Road, Crieff, was found guilty of large-scale tax evasion by a jury after a four-day trial at Perth Sheriff Court.
He made huge false VAT return claims, duping the taxman out of £161,228.78 in less than two years.
Coupland claimed his computer had “crashed” and that he had lost vital information which meant his VAT returns ended up being for the wrong amounts.
HMRC compliance officer Chrystal Symons, 59, became suspicious about Coupland’s company, WDR Coupland (Produce) Ltd, when he claimed to have sold over £2 million worth of potatoes in two months.