Extra Jail Time For Non-Paying Tax fraudster

A tax evading haulier from Birmingham fraudster has been jailed for a second time – after failing to pay up on the Confiscation Order for £76,000 he received along with his original four year sentence.

47 year-old Craig McDougall from Kings Norton ran a heavy goods haulage business in Wythall. During a tax investigation by HM Revenue & Customs the tax inspectors checked his bank records – unearthing large discrepancies. The tax investigators found that during 2011 to 2013 the turnover was actually £830,000 – and not the £649,000 McDougall had claimed. He also said his income over that period was £16,995, but he had withdrawn over £235,000 which he couldn’t account for.

McDougall was convicted of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of Income Tax and the fraudulent evasion of VAT by under-stating the business’ takings. In July 2017 he was sentenced to four years in prison, and ordered to repay £75,777 within three months. He failed to make the repayment, and so now another 20 months has been added to the end of his sentence.

He still owes the £75,777 and HMRC will continue to try to collect it: even after his release from prison. A spokesperson for HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service said: “He will still owe the money when he is released from his extended period in prison. We will always try to recover the proceeds of crime”.

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