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Bury man jailed for VAT fraud

Press Release   •   Sep 09, 2014 11:51 BST

Andrew Buckner, director of KRKCI Ltd between 2009 and 2012, claimed to organise functions in the north west of England under the name ‘Kid Rock Events’. He met with several golf clubs, proposing to hold events in their clubhouses, but was in fact faking all business activity and forging paperwork to obtain illegal VAT repayments. He attempted to steal £111,981 before his company was closed down.

Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“Buckner would visit golf venues and discuss large events but as the date got closer communication would cease and no event would take place. He also created aliases to deceive the golf clubs and others in this fraud. It is clear he created the company purely to defraud the VAT system for his own personal gain at the expense of the taxpayer.

“Anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax fraud can contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

Buckner was arrested and in interview admitted he was actually unemployed and had been claiming benefits for 10 years. His company was struck off by Companies House in 2012, as he had failed to manage the company appropriately under UK business rules.

Notes for editors

1.  Andrew Milne Buckner, DOB  27/08/68, of Byrom Street, Bury, Greater Manchester, was sentenced to 30 months in jail at Manchester Crown Court on 8 September 2014. On 23 May 2014, he pleaded guilty to all charges of being knowlingly concerned in the fradulent evasion of VAT contrary to section 72 of the VAT Act 1994 and fraud offences contrary to sections 6 and 7 of the Fraud Act 2006. He was jailed for 30 months for the VAT offence and 18 months for the fraud offences to run concurrently. The court ordered the immediate destruction of the laptop and documents Buckner had used for the fraud.

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HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.