A Warrington takeaway owner has been jailed for 30 months and must now repay £245,000, or face another two years in prison.
Mehmet Tekagac, aged 44, ran the Top Grill Kebab and Pizza House on Warrington Road, Penketh. He claimed to earn only £9,000 a year – but he was suppressing his true takings to evade £31,000 Corporation Tax, and he pocketed £98,000 of VAT he had charged customers. He also illegally claimed £49,528 in Tax Credits.
HMRC then took Confiscation Proceedings under the Proceeds Of Crime Act. Tekagac had sold land and buildings and his former takeaway, for £305,000, shortly before his guilty plea. And had also transferred a house in Warrington to his brother. Last week Tekagac was ordered to repay £245,105 within three months, or spend another two years in prison; after which he would still owe the money.
A spokesperson for HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, said: “HMRC will continue to pursue criminals after conviction to seize their ill-gotten assets.”
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