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Recycling consultant jailed for tax fraud

23/05/2018 News Team

A Scottish recycling consultant, who stole more than £300,000 in tax, has been jailed after he was investigated by HMRC.

John Hamill, 53, of Stewarton, traded as a sole proprietor for GH Consulting from his home in McCardel Way. Between April 2006 and 2014 Hamill made profits of over £1.3 million and failed to pay any Income Tax.

Until his arrest in July 2014, Mr Hamill, also known as Gerry, stole a total of £309,941.95. He pleaded guilty to Income Tax fraud at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on 3 April 2018 and was sentenced to 21 months in jail at the same court on Friday 11 May. Mr Hamill has since paid back £56,000 of the fraud.

Joe Hendry, assistant director, fraud investigation service, HMRC, said: “Hamill failed to register for Self Assessment and used the stolen tax to fund his lifestyle. This was money that should have been funding vital public services.

 

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