A Reading based businessman, who was jailed for years for tax fraud last September has now received a Confiscation Order for £884,023. If he doesn’t pay up he’ll stay in prison for an extra 6 years!
A businessman from Reading, who stole more than £1 million from his workers’ pay packets, has been ordered to repay the profits of his tax crime of £884,023, within six months, or remain in prison for a further six years.
Kenneth Crookes, aged 60, ran Reading Office Furniture. He was operating PAYE and deducting Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions from his employees’ wages. But he used the money to prop up the business – instead of paying it over to the taxman. He pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court in August 2015 to the Fraudulent Evasion of Income Tax. Crookes, the tax crook, was sentenced to 4 years in prison. HMRC then commenced Confiscation Order proceedings using the Proceeds Of Crime Act. At the confiscation hearing on 18 March 2016 he was ordered to repay £884,023.26.
As HMRC have pointed out: “There is no appeal against default jail sentences issued in confiscation orders. If the money isn’t repaid within set timescales the default prison sentence must be served, and the money is still due”.
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