A Birmingham man who fraudulently pocketed £133,500, by charging his customers VAT but not passing it on to HM Revenue and Customs, was sentenced to 20 months in prison today.
Christopher Prime, aged 55 of Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, was a director of Eurobrew: which provided a specialist maintenance service to breweries around the UK, including in Dudley, Hereford and Peterborough. He did not register for VAT throughout his period of trading – April 2009 to July 2011, but sent invoices to customers showing an invalid VAT registration number. When the invoices were paid, Prime pocketed the VAT.
Prime was arrested on 14 September 2012 and later charged with “VAT evasion under the VAT Act 1994”.
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