A company director in Kent, who had previously been jailed for tax fraud, has now been ordered to pay back £62,000 to HMRC, or receive a further prison sentence of 19 months.
Olalekan James, aged 47 of Ashford, Kent, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in July 2013 following a tax investigation by HM Revenue and Customs. He pleaded guilty to making fraudulent VAT repayment claims for his mobile phone airtime companies: Zion Communications Ltd (formerly Alphavita Group of Companies Ltd).
HMRC then took Confiscation Order proceedings at Lewes Crown Court on 3 June 2014: where the judge ordered him to repay £62,000, or be sentenced to a further 19 months imprisonment. If he doesn’t pay the money over now he will have to serve further time in jail. But he would still then owe the money on his eventual release.
The Assistant Director, HMRC Criminal Investigation said: “HMRC works tirelessly, not only to identify tax fraud, but to actively seek to recover the profits of tax fraud.”
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