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White van man ordered to pay back £621k

Press Release   •   Jul 04, 2013 16:34 BST

A Hertfordshire tax fraudster who enjoyed a luxury lifestyle at the expense of the UK taxpayer has been ordered to repay £621,092 within six months or serve a further four years in jail.

Darren Impleton, 44, from Barnet, Hertfordshire, operated a white van removal service and was jailed in April 2012 for committing tax fraud. He spent the proceeds of his crimes on holiday homes in Florida, including a four-bedroom villa with pool, speedboats, expensive motorbikes and a Hummer jeep.

Robert Alder, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said:

“Impleton enjoyed a luxury lifestyle using money stolen by defrauding HMRC. The order to pay back the money shows that our work does not end at identifying and tackling fraud, as we also pursue the proceeds of crime, so that criminals do not benefit from their activities. This sends a clear warning - we will pursue you for your crimes, and then we will pursue you for your illicit gains.”

Impleton ran a removals service called Apollo International Movers. He inflated his business expenses and fraudulently suppressed his true earnings to avoid paying the correct tax. In the period from January 2005 to June 2011, he said that his income was £122,000. Investigators discovered the true figure was over £1.8 million. He also made claims for fictitious expenses which substantially increased the fraud. In total, he stole over £418,000. He pleaded guilty to the fraud in March 2012 and was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment in April 2012.

Notes for editors

1.  Darren Albert Thomas Impleton (DOB 26/03/1969) of Darlands Drive, Barnet, Hertfordshire.

2.  He was ordered to pay back £621,092.05 at Wood Green Crown Court on 2 July 2013 within six months or serve a further four years in jail.

3.  Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCgovuk

4.  Photos are available on HMRC’s Flickr channel

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.