Haulage boss and accountant jailed over tax fraud

An accountant at a haulage company has been jailed for three years while his boss received a 30-month sentence after lying about VAT, National Insurance Contribution and PAYE payments

Accountant Christopher Alecock, 63, and haulier Barry Anderson, 70, both from Wisbech, lied to staff at their haulier business, HL & RV Anderson Ltd. Between July 2012 and June 2015, the pair told employees that National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and Income Tax totalling £58,968.87 had been deducted from their wages, when in reality these deductions had not been made.

As well as lying to their staff, investigations revealed that both Alecock and Anderson had deceived customers, using a deregistered VAT number on invoices enabling them to steal £68,733 of VAT payments and hide their fraud.

Adam Kingsgate, HMRC’s fraud investigation service assistant director, said: “Alecock and Anderson didn’t spare a thought for their employees, customers or the honest majority of taxpayers they were stealing from.

‘As an accountant, Alecock knew what his responsibilities were, but he chose to ignore them. Both Alecock and Anderson stole money that is needed to fund our vital public services.’

Alecock and Anderson were found guilty of two counts of cheating the public revenue and were sentenced to three years in prison and 30 months in prison respectively, at Cambridge Crown Court on 5 September 2019.

HMRC is now looking to recover the proceeds of the fraud.

By Philip Smith

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