The proprietor of a north-east transport firm has been convicted of tax fraud after creating false expense invoices to fiddle £150,000 of tax.
David Cooper (aged 54, of Blyth) ran CFM Transport Ltd in Newcastle upon Tyne. HM Revenue and Customs investigated his VAT returns – where he purported to have incurred fuel and vehicles costs of £1,106,493 from January 2015 to April 2016. The tax inspectors discovered that Cooper had “hijacked” details of other companies and created “46 phoney invoices”: in order to make VAT repayment claims of £148,227.74, which he was not entitled to.
He admitted tax fraud and creating false invoices and pleaded guilty to charges of “fraudulent evasion of Value Added Tax”. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years, at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday.
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