Tax Rebates & Refunds

Tax office worker found guilty of revenue fraud

August 30, 2012
Posted in Fraud — Written by Geoffrey

A former employee of a tax office has been found guilty in Bristol Crown Court of committing tax revenue fraud on behalf of a friend.

Bristol Crown Court was told how Pervaze Masih, an administrative officer for HMRC, committed tax fraud on behalf of long-time friend Paul Cole, from Cole & Leach Accountants. Amongst the illegal activities Mr Masih was said to have committed were the following:

• Predating receipts of Cole’s clients’ self-assessment tax returns so as to avoid late penalties being incurred
• Amending HMRC databases so as to cancel or reduce the amount of tax due by a number of Cole’s clients and associates
• Committing income tax fraud on Cole’s behalf totalling £43,327
• Committing fraud on behalf of other acquaintances totalling £11,607

Mr Masih was jailed by Judge David Ticehurst for two years, ten months, and Mr Cole received the same sentence.

Commenting on the case, HMRC’s Ian Horridge said:

“Masih abused his position within HMRC to commit tax fraud and steal public funds. Any misuse of our systems quite simply will not be tolerated and we investigate any suspicion of wrongdoing.

“Masih will hopefully reflect on his crimes which have stripped him of his job and reputation.”

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