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Male stripping bosses’ tax and benefit crimes laid bare

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Male stripping bosses’ tax and benefit crimes laid bare

The founder of a well-known male stripping troupe has been jailed, alongside an associate, after the pair admitted a series of tax and benefit frauds of more than £350,000.

Barry Solomons, professionally known as Bari Bacco, 71, failed to declare income of more than £219,000 to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) between 2007 and 2013 – evading £57,000 in Income Tax.

During the same period, Solomons’ 55-year-old business partner, Laurel Goodman, evaded £114,000 in Income Tax on earnings of £402,000 earned while the duo managed travelling ensembles Dreamboys and Dream Idols.

The con was uncovered after a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) investigation revealed Solomons had fraudulently claimed various unemployment, sickness and housing benefits totalling £177,000, while Goodman had pocketed almost £5,500 – money the pair wouldn’t have received if they had declared their true income.

Martin Brown, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“Solomons and Goodman not only failed to pay the Income Tax they owed but also claimed financial support meant for those in genuine need. They were a pair of cheats who supported their extravagant lifestyles with unpaid taxes and stolen benefits.

“Today’s sentence is an excellent example of government departments working together to bring before the courts those who rip-off the taxpayer. Tax and benefit frauds are serious crimes and I ask anyone with information on those who may be involved to contact our 24-hour hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

HMRC investigators discovered Solomons, of Sussex Place, Bristol, previously of Shepperton Road, Islington, had never registered for tax, while Goodman, of Willifield Way, Barnet, dropped out of the tax system in 1995.

Both were arrested during searches of their home addresses in July 2013 and refused to answer any questions when interviewed. Solomons pleaded guilty to the offences at Blackfriars Crown Court on 31 July 2016, while Goodman admitted the charges at the same court on 12 July 2015.

At the same court today, 19 September 2016, Solomons was sentenced to 28 months in prison by Her Honour Judge Sullivan. Goodman, who failed to appear at court, was sentenced to 28 months in prison in her absence.

Notes to Editors

  1. Barry Solomons, Sussex Place, Bristol. DOB 16/09/1945;
  2. Laurel Goodman, Willifield Way, London. DOB 19/09/1960;
  3. Solomons was convicted of one count of the fraudulent evasion of Income Tax to the sum of £57,426.17, two counts of making a false statement on representation on a Pension Credit application form, one count of obtaining Pension Credit payments of £38,584.17 by deception, one count of making a false statement on a Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit claim form, one count of dishonestly obtaining Housing Benefit cheques to the value of £89,780.56, one count of obtaining Housing Benefit payments of £35,412.82 by deception and one count of dishonestly obtaining an exemption of Council tax to the value of £13,296.53.
  4. Goodman is convicted of one count of the fraudulent evasion of Income Tax to the value of £114,632.93, one count of failing to notify the DWP of change in circumstances – that she was working – while in receipt of Income Support, one count of failing to notify the DWP that she was working, while in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance totaling £5,472.90, one count of failing to notify of a change in circumstances – that she was working – that she knew would affect her entitlement to Housing Benefit and one count of failing to notify of a change in circumstances – that she was working – that she knew would affect her entitlement to Council Tax Benefit.
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