Public relations guru Richard Hillgrove has walked free from court after being convicted of dishonestly cheating the public revenue of £100,000.
Recorder Robert Linford sentenced Hillgrove to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, along with 200 hours of unpaid work and £5,000 costs.
In 2011 and 2012 Hillgrove failed to pay HMRC £52,268 of VAT charged to customers of his PR company and deducted £44,846 in PAYE from employee wages without passing it on to the Revenue.
The Somerton PR adviser denied both charges of dishonestly cheating the revenue, but was convicted on 26 March following a three week trial.
Much of the trial focused on Hillgrove's elaborate spending on his business and personal life at a time when he should have been paying HMRC.
The judge said in court this morning...