Press release -
Tax fraudster must repay £157,000
A Newcastle businessman, who was jailed for tax fraud, faces selling his sea front property, Land Rovers, and other assets, to repay the money he stole.
Daron Carr, 49, of Woodlands, Ponteland, was given a three year prison sentence for evading VAT and Income Tax after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in April 2016.
A court yesterday (7 September 2017) ruled Carr, who was also disqualified from being a company director for eight years, must now hand over £157,000 he made from his crimes within six months, or spend another 18 months behind bars and still owe the money.
Diccon Wood, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:
“Carr deliberately set out to steal taxpayers’ money so he could buy luxury items beyond his means. Now he must repay his criminal proceeds.
“We will ensure tax fraudsters pay back the money they steal from the honest majority. They cannot be allowed to take funding from our public services to fund lavish lifestyles. Anyone with information about tax fraud should contact the HMRC Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”
HMRC investigators found Carr, who was the company director for his interior fittings business, D Carr Interiors, lied about his income and fraudulently charged VAT to pocket £407,530 between 2011 and 2014.
He now might have to sell a house he owns on the North Sea coast in Beadnell, Northumberland, a property in Morpeth, and two Land Rovers, after a court ordered him to hand over the money.
Notes for Editors
- Daron Carr, of Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne, DOB 06/04/1968.
- Carr admitted VAT and Income Tax evasion and was sentenced to three years in prison at Southwark Crown Court on 15 April 2016.
- At a confiscation hearing that took place on 7 September 2017, at Southwark Crown Court, Carr’s benefit from general criminal conduct was determined as £660,975. The value of available assets was calculated at £157,000, which Carr was ordered to pay within six months, or serve a further 18 months in prison and still owe the money.
- There is no appeal against default jail sentences issued in confiscation orders and the order for repayment remains in place after the default sentence is served by the fraudster. If the assets held by the convicted criminal at the time of the order are less than the benefit derived from the fraud, then any future assets can be confiscated up to the value of the benefit of the fraud.
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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.