A man who tried to steal £57,000 in fraudulent VAT repayments by faking invoices has been jailed after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
John Nsimbi, 34 used false identities to submit six fraudulent repayment claims to HMRC between May and October 2011.
He set up four companies solely to make fraudulent VAT repayment claims, but HMRC investigators linked the companies after they found he had been using the same email addresses, telephone numbers and bank accounts for them.
David Margree, HMRC Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, said:
“This was a blatant fraud set up to steal from HMRC and the tax-paying public. Our message is clear - if you choose to defraud the tax system and pursue this type of crime, we will track you down. Anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax fraud can contact the Tax evasion hotline on 0800 788 887.”
Nsimbi, originally from Uganda, was arrested in November 2011. Analysis of documents found at his home address proved he had created false invoices to support repayment claims totalling £57,000. HMRC intercepted the claims before any money was paid.
He was found guilty at Croydon Crown Court on Friday 28 June and sentenced to three years in prison by His Honour Judge Flahive.
Notes for editors
1. John NSIMBI (DOB 19/09/78), a car salesman of Woodmansterne Road, Streatham, London, was sentenced to three years in prison at Croydon Crown Court.
2. Anyone with information about tax fraud can report it online at www.hmrc.gov.uk/reportingfraud/online.htm
3. A photo is available from HMRC’s Flickr channel: www.flickr.com/hmrcgovuk
4. Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCgovuk
Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office
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