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Scarborough Salesman Sentenced For £40k Tax Fraud

Scarborough Salesman Sentenced For £40k Tax Fraud

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 3:47pm 12th February 2019.

A Scarborough salesman has been sentenced for evading more than £40,000 in tax.

An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs has revealed that Scott Fowkes, 40, of James Street in Scarborough, worked for a printer company and lied on his tax return to falsely claim repayments.

He admitted fraud by false representation at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 21st January 2019.

He was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, and 200 hours unpaid work, at York Crown Court today (12 February).

The sales manager under-declared his income and claimed false expenses on his Self Assessment tax returns between 2011 and 2017.

He also entered fake information about pension and Gift Aid payments.

Fowkes said he claimed extra work expenses on his tax returns because his employer would not pay them.

But enquiries with the firm revealed he was able to reclaim all reasonable work related expenses through the company.

He received £19,273.86 in repayments and a further £4,850.60 was withheld by HMRC.

He also owed another £17,875.31 in unpaid tax.

Fowkes has repaid the full £41,999.77 to HMRC.

A HMRC spokesperson said:

“Fowkes thought he could line his pockets with taxpayer’s money and get away with it, but he was wrong.

We will continue to pursue criminals like Fowkes, who think tax fraud is acceptable.

Anyone with information about tax fraud should report it online or call our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

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