Neil James Foster was dismissed from HMRC’s contact centre in Peterlee in 2009. He then started trading games consoles, video games and DVDs on the internet. But the ex-HMRC employee decided to defraud his old department. He was discovered, and convicted of tax fraud.
As well as the online trading business Foster worked for an energy company; receiving salary taxed under PAYE. Foster, aged 32 from Easington, fraudulently declared that his online trading business was making losses (of almost £31,000) from 2009 to 2011– entitling him to claim repayments of his PAYE tax of £12,319.
HMRC discovered this and decided to launch a criminal tax investigation. Foster attended a voluntary interview and in court pleaded guilty to 4 counts of “being knowingly involved in the fraudulent evasion of Income Tax”. He was sentenced at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on 22 May 2015 to 8months in prison (suspended for 12 months) and ordered pay £165 in costs.
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