Po­tato mer­chant guilty of £160,000 tax eva­sion

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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.

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