Former magistrate jailed for £1m VAT fraud

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A former magistrate and a company director who faked documents in a £1m VAT fraud linked to the house building trade in Lancashire, have been jailed.

Simon Price, 44, of Gloucester, of Meadow Court, Church Row, Gretton, Gloucestershire, who was a magistrate in Lancashire and Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty to 27 charges involving VAT fraud and falsifying documents at Bolton Magistrates Court in September 2012, HMRC said.

His accomplice John Smith, 45, a building company director from Preston, Catforth Road, Catforth, denied 11 similar charges and was found guilty of 10 at Manchester Crown Court on 3 May 2013.

Both men were arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers in September 2011 in connection with fraudulent VAT claims totalling almost £1m, submitted by Ice Blue Development Limited between 2008 and 2010.

Simon De Kayne Assistant Director Criminal Investigation HMRC, said...

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03rd Jun 2013 20:52

Former magistrate jailed

We can now expect a mass of appeals against his rulings based on impartiality. How could he judge others when he was such a sinner? Truly 'Judge not, less ye also be judged'

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