A Londoner who claimed to run a multi-million pound business from his one-bedroomed flat has been jailed for three years for stealing almost Â£350,000 through a VAT fraud.
Neil Lesfrance, 50, was arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in September 2012 when an investigation into his tax affairs revealed he had made false VAT returns to claim repayments that werenâ€™t due.
Peter Millroy, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: â€œLesfrance thought he could get away with stealing large amounts of taxpayersâ€™ money by trading in non-existent goods and reclaiming VAT he had never paid in the first place.
He was wrong; crime does not pay and he will now have time to reflect on his actions from behind bars.â€ When HMRC officers visited Lesfrance in March 2009, to verify his VAT returns for Wembley-based firm Paramount Enterprises, he produced forged documents.
These included purchase invoices for items he claimed...
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