VAT Fraud Convictions at the Old Bailey


After a 3-week trial at the Old Bailey, which Daniel Benjamin prosecuted, the defendant was convicted on all 6 counts. He was sentenced to 2½ years imprisonment and disqualified from being a company director for 6 years.

The defendant, an accountant who set up companies with similar names to a client’s company, hijacked that client’s company and deceived people who speak little English into setting up companies and bank accounts which he controlled. These companies were then used to submit false claims for VAT pay-outs from HMRC, supported by manipulated or fabricated invoices.

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