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Hampshire property tax fraudster jailed

Press Release   •   Aug 11, 2017 14:41 BST

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A Hampshire property landlord, who failed to declare Capital Gains Tax from the sale of properties evading £157,725, has been jailed for two years and three months.

Richard Fuller, 53, was arrested at Gatwick Airport in October 2014 after a holiday to Turkey. An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed that between 2006 and 2013, he didn’t declare profit gained from selling properties in the Aldershot area.

Richard Wilkinson, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“Fuller thought he was above the law and decided not to declare or pay the tax due from the sale of some of his property portfolio. It is simply not acceptable to steal from UK taxpayers.

“HMRC will continue to pursue those who attempt to hide their gains on assets, their income, and investigate those who attack the tax system. We ask anyone with information about suspected tax fraud to contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Richard Fuller was found guilty of cheating the public revenue and fraud by false representation on 14 July 2017, and was jailed for two years and three months at Winchester Crown Court on 11 August 2017.

Upon sentencing Fuller, The Recorder of Salisbury His Honour Judge A J Barnett, said:

“The jury found you guilty of dishonesty. This is a serious matter, you deliberately failed to pay your Capital Gains Tax over several years”.

The evasion was discovered as part of HMRC’s property taskforce campaign and referred for criminal investigation. Confiscation will be sought to recover the proceeds of his crimes.

Notes for Editors

1. Richard Fuller (DOB 16/02/64) of Bowenhurst Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire.

2. He was found guilty of two counts of Cheating the Public Revenue and three counts of Fraud by False Representation.

3. Anyone with information about people or businesses suspected of being involved in tax fraud can contact us on 0800 788 887 or online at: www.hmrc.gov.uk/reportingfraud/online.htm

4. HMRC taskforces target specific high-risk sectors where there is a risk that some are not paying the tax they owe. Since taskforces began in May 2011, more than 140 taskforces have been launched, bringing in more than £540 million.

5. Taskforces bring together various HMRC compliance and enforcement teams for intensive bursts of activity targeted at specific sectors and locations where there is evidence of high risk of tax evasion and fraud. The teams visit traders to examine their records and carry out other investigations.

6. Follow HMRC’s Press Office on Twitter @HMRCpressoffice.

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.