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Cheshire builder jailed for tax fraud

Press Release   •   May 22, 2014 10:26 BST

A 49-year-old Wilmslow man who pocketed £114,000 tax he deducted from sub-contractors instead of paying it to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been jailed.

Peter Jones from Central Place, Station Road, Wilmslow was registered under HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme as PJD Cheshire Builders, employing sub-contractors for work carried out on renovations and property development. When he de-registered, HMRC’s investigations revealed that he had continued to employ sub-contractors for five and a half years but failed to pay HMRC the tax deducted from them.

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

“Jones abused his position when he failed to pay tax that was due in an attempt to line his own pockets. HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and anyone deliberately choosing to evade the taxes they owe should expect not only a heavy fine, but possibly a criminal prosecution as well.

“If you have information about people who may be involved in tax fraud you can contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Notes for editors

1. Peter Jones, DOB 11/05/1965, from Central Place, Station Road, Wilmslow was sentenced to 24 months, reduced by a third for the early guilty plea to 16 months in custody when he appeared at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday). He was charged on nine counts with obtaining money by deception, including false representation contrary to sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Fraud Act 2006 and pleaded guilty on 25 April at Manchester Crown Court.

2. The total amount of tax evaded amounted to £114,905.35.

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Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

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.