A butcher who was found guilty of spending £3.3m of taxpayers’ money on a luxury lifestyle has been jailed following an HMRC investigation.
Gary Turner was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to five years in prison and assets of £785,000 have already been restrained by HMRC, with confiscation proceedings underway to recover more of his criminal profits.
Turner owned concessions of Turner’s Butchers in local branches of Kwik Save, but when his business experienced a downturn in 1996 he started to siphon off taxpayers’ money.
His criminal activities funded a luxury family home, a bungalow for his son, expensive holidays, six high performance cars with private number plates, Fender guitars and Rolex watches worth more than £35,000.
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