A London accountant has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for stealing £11m in Income Tax and Value Added Tax: by falsifying his clients’ and his own tax returns.
Christos Charalambous (58) of Palmers Green, filed Self Assessment tax returns for clients. These included fictitious expenses claims, which increased the tax repayments due. The total repayments claimed by the fraudster for his clients was £11,222,472. He also understated client fee income on his own tax returns by £807,000, and failed to declare and pay £180,082 VAT. His accountancy firm, Charltons, received the clients’ repayments from HMRC, deducted a minimum 15% fee, and then paid the remainder to the clients.
He was found guilty on six counts of cheating the public purse at Blackfriars Crown Court, following a 7 week criminal trial, and is now in prison. A Confiscation Order is being pursued.
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