Corby Scaffolder Sentenced in VAT Scam

Keith Vallance had been disqualified from acting as a company director, but he was running 3 companies: none of which had registered for VAT.  He then used fake invoices to defraud the taxman of £250,000.  He’s now serving 2 years in jail.

Vallance, aged 63, from Corby in Northamptonshire, ran: Sovereign Scaffolding Ltd, Sovereign Scaffolding Services Limited and Sovereign Scaffolding Services (Contracts) Ltd. In a straightforward tax fraud the companies did not obtain an HMRC VAT registration.  The HMRC Criminal Tax Unit discovered that Vallance was issuing his customers with invoices with made-up VAT numbers, or numbers from other de-registered companies.  From February 2008 to October 2012 he then simply kept the VAT (of £254,000) for himself, instead of paying it over to HM Revenue & Customs.

Vallance pleaded guilty to Cheating the Public Revenue and contravening a disqualification order made under Company Directors Disqualification Act.

He was sentenced on 4 April 2014 to 2 years in jail for Cheat and a concurrent 6 months imprisonment for breaching the Company Directors Disqualification Order. Plus he was disqualified from being a company director (again) for another 7 years.

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