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Online tax cheat jailed for £500,000 tax evasion scam

14/06/2018 News Team

A West Midlands fraudster who paid no tax on the profit from his £3 million online business has been jailed for two years.

Abdul Rehman from Solihull, lied to HMRC investigators and produced bogus invoices in a bid to cover up his £500,000 tax evasion scam.

Mr Rehman sold office supplies from his home in Shirley through A2Z Services and had a turnover of £3 million between 2005 and 2011. But he never registered the business with HMRC and failed to pay any Income Tax, National Insurance or VAT.

Mr Rehman was arrested in 2013 and tried to hoodwink investigators by claiming his tax bill should be as low as £34,000.

He produced bogus invoices from a computer services firm in a bid to prove his claims. Investigators discovered the computer technician who was alleged to have carried out the work was in fact a cleaner.

Mr Rehman was offered the chance to come clean about his tax affairs through HMRC’s Contractual Disclosure Facility (CDF). But he chose to ignore the issue and a criminal investigation was launched.

Mr Rehman was jailed for two years at Birmingham Crown Court on June 12, 2018, after previously pleading guilty to cheating the public revenue and money laundering offences in 2015, following an investigation by HMRC.

Confiscation proceedings are underway to claim back the money.

 

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