Tax Rebates & Refunds

Sussex brothers convicted of £170K tax fraud

February 28, 2013
Posted in Fraud — Written by Geoffrey

Two brothers from the West Sussex market town of Arundel have been convicted of committing tax fraud worth £170,000 through gaming businesses across Sussex and Kent.

Joseph and George Gess were recently brought before Lewes Crown Court accused of illegally operating gaming machines in amusement arcades in Brighton, Crawley, Bognor Regis and Tunbridge Wells. They were accused of running the machines and pocketing the profits without paying gaming duty.

In June 2012, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the department responsible for tax rebates and income tax as well as chasing up fraud and tax evasion, seized a total of 86 illegally-run gaming machines along with over £19,000 in cash. HMRC officers arrested the brothers at the time of the raid.

For committing tax fraud totalling £170,000, Joseph Gess was given a prison sentence of 12 months suspended for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community service. His brother George was given a 15 month prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service.

Commenting on the case, HMRC’s assistant director David Margree said:

“Gaming machine operators are legally required to pay gaming duty.

“If they do not, we make concerted efforts to collect that duty.”

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