Two Derbyshire men who colluded in fraudulent attempts to claim over £205,000 in tax repayments have received jail sentences following an HMRC investigation
Danny Peat made attempts to gain tax payments totalling £120,566 using online self-assessment tax returns for tax years 2010 to 2011 and 2011 to 2012. He falsified details of his Pay As You Earn income and claimed he was self-employed with large business expenses.
HMRC investigators proved his income, expenses and employment status were all faked.
Peat also made a similar fraudulent tax claim in the name of his accomplice, Shane Plunkett, for over £85,000.
Stuart Taylor, HMRC assistant director, criminal investigation, said: ‘Peat and Plunkett made several online claims, which all proved bogus, in an attempt to line their own pockets. HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and anyone deliberately choosing to evade their taxes or making deliberate attacks on the UK’s tax systems will face prosecution.’
The pair pleaded guilty to the fraud at separate court hearings earlier this year. Peat was jailed for 16 months and Plunkett was jailed for six months for the tax fraud, plus nine months for other police offences, suspended for 18 months.