Wisbech accountant and haulage boss who lied to employees and customers jailed for £130,000 tax fraud
PUBLISHED: 11:20 06 September 2019
A Wisbech accountant and haulier who lied to employees and customers to commit a £130,000 tax fraud have been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Accountant Christopher Alecock, 63, and haulier Barry Anderson, 70, both from Wisbech, lied to staff at their haulier business, HL & RV Anderson Ltd.
Between July 2012 and June 2015, the pair told employees that National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and Income Tax totalling £58,968.87 had been deducted from their wages, when in reality these deductions had not been made.
As well as lying to their staff, investigations revealed that both Alecock and Anderson had deceived customers, using a deregistered VAT number on invoices enabling them to steal £68,733 of VAT payments and hide their fraud.
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Adam Kingsgate, assistant director at HMRC's Fraud Investigation Service, said: "Alecock and Anderson didn't spare a thought for their employees, customers or the honest majority of taxpayers they were stealing from.
"As an accountant, Alecock knew what his responsibilities were, but he chose to ignore them.
"Both Alecock and Anderson stole money that is needed to fund our vital public services.
"HMRC is levelling the playing field against the small minority of people who try to get ahead by lying and cheating. Anyone with information about tax fraud can report it to HMRC online or contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887."
Alecock and Anderson were found guilty of two counts of cheating the public revenue and were sentenced to three years in prison and 30 months in prison respectively, at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday (September 5).
HMRC is now looking to recover the proceeds of the fraud.