Derbyshire tax fraudsters jailed
Two men from Derbyshire who tried to swindle more than £205,000 in tax repayments from HMRC have been jailed.
Danny Peat falsified his online self assessment tax returns for the tax years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 by claiming he was self-employed with substantial business expenses.
By lying about his expenses he tried to steal more than £120,000 in tax he wasn’t entitled to. HMRC investigators proved his income, expenses and employment status were all faked.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements with intent to defraud, contrary to Common Law on February 2014, and was sentenced at Derby Crown Court.
Shane Plunkett, his accomplice, made a similar fraudulent tax claim, for more than £85,000.
According to the Derbyshire Times, Plunkett pleaded guilty on 20 May, also at Derby Crown Court, to one count of making false statements with intent to defraud. His sentence included other police offences of harassment, theft and criminal damage.
The pair pleaded guilty to the fraud at separate court hearings earlier this year. Peat was jailed for 16 months and Plunkett was jailed for six months for the tax fraud, plus nine months for other police offences, suspended for 18 months.
Stuart Taylor, assistant director of criminal investigation at HMRC, said: “Peat and Plunkett made several online claims, which all proved bogus, in an attempt to line their own pockets. HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and anyone deliberately choosing to evade their taxes or making deliberate attacks on the UK’s tax systems will face prosecution.