Tax Fiddle Farmer Found Guilty

An Aberdeenshire farmer got a 27 months jail sentence after lying about the cost of her farm supplies – and making  fraudulent VAT reclaims for £657,000.

Ella May Thom, age 49 from Banchory in Aberdeenshire, falsely inflated her VAT repayment claims by fraudulently inflating the cost of machinery, fertilisers and business charges. HM Revenue and Customs investigated the claims, discovered her fraud, and prosecuted her.  She pleaded guilty to submitting fraudulent VAT repayment claims of £657,932.01 from September 2004 to March 2011. She was sentenced the week before Christmas to 27 months imprisonment.

HMRC launched a taskforce in October 2013, targeting tax cheats in Scotland who try to fraudulently reclaim VAT.

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