The owner of a small chain of Indian restaurants in Dorset has been jailed for 32 months for a £200,000 tax fraud.
Motin Miah, aged 42, of Ferndown, ran three Indian restaurants, trading as “Joy”, in Charminster, Ferndown, and Southbourne.
The most income Miah had declared in any year was £7,800. But he had purchased a number of buy to let properties: declaring on his mortgage applications that his annual earnings were at least £50,000. An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs showed that he had lied about his business takings. Over a five-year period he evaded £155,000 of VAT and £49,000 in Income Tax.
Initially Miah denied that they were his restaurants! However, he eventually pleaded guilty to cheating the public revenue. Last week he was sentenced to 32 months in prison, and was disqualified from being a company director for 10 years.
HMRC say that “Confiscation proceedings are now underway”.
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