A company director who used his food delivery business to make more than £150,000 in false tax claims over ten years has been sentenced in court.
Billa Dhand, 56, from Southall, West London, was the director of Dysan Fresh Ltd, which delivered fruit and vegetables to be processed for the UK’s big supermarket chains.
Investigators from HMRC found Mr Dhand had charged his customers VAT but failed to pass it on to HMRC. He created hundreds of false invoices between 2006 and 2016 to hide VAT receipts and reclaim VAT repayments totalling £153,764.84.
Mark Cox, assistant director, fraud investigation service, HMRC said: “[Mr] Dhand thought he was above the law and could get away with cheating the system. He was wrong and is now paying the price for his greed."
Mr Dhand pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud. He was given a seven-year jail sentence, suspended for two years, at Southwark Crown Court on 4 January 2018.
On sentencing Mr Dhand, Her Honour Judge Korner said: “This was an extremely serious offence. HMRC has to operate on trust that people will comply with the law and pay the tax owing. You failed to do so. It was a carefully planned and deliberate fraud.”
HMRC is seeking to recover Mr Dhand’s criminal proceeds.
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