Builder jailed for £800,000 VAT scam

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A Canterbury builder has been jailed for VAT fraud offences totalling more than £800,000 following an HMRC investigation.

Wayne Morris Harrison, aged 52, admitted submitting fraudulent VAT repayment claims to HMRC in respect of two building and development companies he directed – David Charles Homes Limited and Weybridge Homes Limited.

HMRC officers searching Harrison’s former home in Broadstairs found evidence of “significant” personal expenditure inlcuding money transfers to Russia, golf club and gym membership, designer jewellery and a large, newly built kitchen and conservatory.

The court heard that between 2006 and 2009 Harrison fraudulently claimed VAT refunds totalling £812,250. These were claimed on the basis that both companies wer...

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