Woodfalls man jailed after admitting huge VAT fraud

Woodfalls man jailed after admitting huge VAT fraud

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:56am 15th December 2016.

59 year old Christopher Vass claimed thousands of pound in VAT money he wasn't entitled to after creating fake invoices.

A South Wiltshire man's been jailed for a year after admitting a £33,434 fraud.

59 year old Christopher Vass from Woodfalls (pictured below) reclaimed VAT payments that he wasn't entitled to over a three and a half year period, between March 2011 and November 2014.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) prosecuted Vass after finding he'd inflated VAT returns for two web design and computer businesses he was running - Spiracle Data Systems Ltd and Hot Creative Media Ltd.

He'd even created fake records and invoices to try and cover his tracks.

Christopher Vass VAT Fraud (HMRC)

JAILED: Christopher Vass has been handed a 12 month prison sentence

At an earlier hearing in June, Vass had denied the charges against him, but changed his plea at Southampton Crown Court on Monday (December 12th).

He was immediately handed a 12 month jail term.

In sentencing, His Honour Judge Rowland said:

"This is a very serious matter, as the victims are all of us in society."

HMRC say they'll try to recover the money that was gained fraudulently.

Colin Spinks, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

"HMRC will continue to target criminals such as Vass who attack the tax system for their own benefit. He stole from public services and would have continued his fraud had HMRC not stopped him through our taskforce investigations. Anyone with information about tax fraud can report it to our 24-hour hotline on 0800 59 5000."

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