Tax Rebates & Refunds

Leeds butcher ordered to pay back £240k in tax

September 7, 2012
Posted in Fraud — Written by Chris

A former butcher from Churwell in Leeds has been ordered to pay back more than £240,000 in tax that he stole from HM Revenue & Customs.

Gary Turner, the former owner of a successful butchers business, was found guilty of using his company to siphon off taxpayers money. When trade slowed back in 1996, he allegedly deceived tax authorities and even members of his own family to generate fake invoices for meat supplies and submit regular VAT repayment claims.

The money Mr Turner stole from HMRC, the government department responsible for income tax, tax rebates and all other tax-related issues, was said to have been used to pay for a luxury lifestyle for himself and his family, with purchases including remodelling the family home and amassing a personal Rolex watch collection.

After being found guilty of stealing more than £3 million, Mr Turner was jailed for five years. He has now been ordered to pay back £241,000 within six months or face another 30 months added onto his sentence.

The HMRC’s David Cowie commented on the case, saying:

“Turner wanted a life of luxury and was willing to commit fraud to get it.

“He went to a great deal of effort to hide his lies, but what he thought was a water-tight scam unravelled and now he is paying the price.”

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