Di­rec­tor must re­pay £150k or face prison

Carmarthen Journal - - Front Page -

A CAR­MARTHEN­SHIRE com­pany di­rec­tor, who funded her ex­trav­a­gant life­style through tax fraud, must re­pay more than £150,000 or face 12 months be­hind bars.

Mandy Jayne Galin­sky, 54, from Am­man­ford, failed to pay VAT or the tax due on her earn­ings and the prof­its from her com­pa­nies Peny­banc Car Sales Lim­ited and Am­man­ford Metal Re­cy­cling Lim­ited with her busi­ness part­ner Richard John Baylis Safadi, 48, from Car­marthen.

She ad­mit­ted tax fraud and was sen­tenced to 10 months in prison, sus­pended for 18 months in July last year.

Now she has been or­dered to re­pay £150,506 or face 12 months in prison.

Colin Spinks, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor, Fraud In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice, HMRC, said: “Galin­sky lived a life most can only dream of, but funded it through fraud. She stole from the vi­tal pub­lic ser­vices we all rely on.

“She was caught, pun­ished and will now re­pay what she stole.

“If you know of any­one who is evad­ing tax please re­port it on­line or ring the Fraud Hot­line on 0800 788 887.”

Safadi and Galin­sky charged cus­tomers VAT, but only paid a frac­tion of it to HMRC and evaded pay­ing Cor­po­ra­tion Tax on com­pany prof­its.

Galin­sky claimed she had not earned a penny since 2009, but in fact earned more than £500,000.

The pair tried to cover up their frauds by of­ten chang­ing the com­pa­nies’ names, di­rec­tor­ships and share­hold­ers.

Galin­sky en­joyed a life­style that in­cluded hol­i­days, credit card bills and loan agree­ments for ve­hi­cles, all funded from com­pany ex­penses. She also owned a hol­i­day home in Kenya and drove high-end cars.

Af­ter con­vic­tion, HMRC can ap­ply for a court to rule on how much the de­fen­dant prof­ited from their crimes and how much they should re­pay based on the value of their as­sets.

Galin­sky was or­dered to re­pay the money at Mer- thyr Crown Court on Oc­to­ber 25 from her as­sets that in­clude per­son­alised num­ber plates and a prop­erty in Kenya. She has al­ready re­paid £80,502 of the money owed.

Richard Safadi has paid back £888,142.82.

He was sen­tenced to 24 months in jail, sus­pended for two years.

Pic­ture: Jonathan My­ers

Mandy Galin­sky at an ear­lier court hear­ing.

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