Guilty PR Consultant Avoids Jail

A Somerset based public relations consultant was sentenced this week for a tax fraud of failing to pay over £97,000 of tax and National Insurance Contributions.

The controlling director of Hillgrove Public Relations Ltd, Richard Hillgrove aged 42 of Somerton in Somerset, charged his clients VAT, and deducted Income Tax and NICs from his staff’s wages: but didn’t pay it over to the taxman.  Following a tax investigation Hillgrove was charged with 2 offences of Cheating the Public Revenue contrary to Common Law, by failing to pay £52,268 VAT and £44,846 Income Tax and NICs, in the period 1 March 2011 to 12 June 2012.

He was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court this week to 15 months imprisonment, but this was suspended for 2 years. He was also ordered to pay £5,000 in costs, and has to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Recorder Mr Robert Linford described HMRC as having carried out “an enthusiastic and tenacious prosecution.”

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