Welsh Printer told: Pay £135k – or Go To Jail

A Cardiff based printer and tax fraudster was ordered to pay the taxman £135,000, or go to jail for 32 weeks; earlier this month.

Andrew Allen, aged 52 of St Fagans in Cardiff, admitted defrauding HM Revenue and Customs by creating 6 false invoices – to back up fictitious sales purportedly made from an insolvent company he controlled to another business he owned.  The Newco then claimed an offset for the VAT falsely alleged to have been paid to the Oldco.

He pleaded guilty to 7 charges of tax fraud, accepting that he had recklessly made false statements to HMRC.  He was sentenced to 32 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months: on the condition that he must pay compensation of £134,875 to HMRC, and prosecution costs of £2,800, by 31 March 2014. He is also subject to an electronically tagged curfew between 19:00 and 07:00 for 3 months.

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