A Surrey property developer has been sent to prison after the taxman uncovered his complex £800,000 tax frauds: involving him hijacking the details of various companies using forged documents.
HMRC tax investigators discovered that Keith Robert Conner (aged 55) had bought and sold properties in South Kensington and in Earls Court, London: but had not declared the profits. He forged documents to make it look as if the transactions had been carried out by others, including: an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands; a British company, and a Malaysian businessman. These other entities were not actually involved, and the considerable profits ended up in bank accounts controlled by Conner.
He pleaded guilty to: 2 counts of fraud by false representation; possession or control of articles for use in connection with fraud (i.e. counterfeit ‘proof of funds’ letters); being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of VAT; contravening a previous company director’s disqualification order. Conner was jailed for 3 years and 7 months on 21 April 2017. Sentencing had been delayed to give Conner time to sell his Ascot home: so that he could pay the Confiscation Order of £640,709. Conner was also disqualified as a company director for 7 years.
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