Tax Rebates & Refunds

Shropshire businessman loses appeal against tax fraud conviction

December 30, 2012
Posted in Fraud — Written by Chris

A businessman from Market Drayton in north Shropshire has reportedly lost his appeal against a two year jail sentence for ‘very serious’ tax fraud.

Marshall Boston, 46, admitted to Kingston Crown Court back in June that he was knowingly involved in fraudulent VAT tax evasion. He was part of a plot which involved importing and exporting mobile phones and claiming tax refunds on VAT that had not been paid in the first place.

In total, the people involved in the fraud ripped off the taxpayer to the tune of around £100 million, although it was claimed that Mr Boston did not know the true extent of the scam.

The former freight company owner was sentenced to two years in prison, but his lawyers soon lodged an appeal claiming that Mr Boston’s sentence should be cut on the grounds that their client required ongoing treatment for mental health problems.

However, the appeal was unsuccessful and Mr Boston will remain in prison to serve his full sentence. Lord Justice Richards, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith and Mr Justice Sweeney all rejected the appeal and said that the length of the prison sentence was appropriate for the crime Mr Boston had committed.

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