'Marketing consultant' handed 18-month jail term
A bogus marketer who set up fictional consultancies to supply marketing services – which didn’t actually exist -- as part of a ruse to steal more than £140,000 has been jailed.
Richard Morgan, 53, tried to make out to HMRC that he ran a marketing empire, in the shape of seven firms that submitted eight VAT repayment claims between 2015 and February 2016.
He provided an invoice trail showing legitimate-looking charges and accompanied them with bank statements to support the claims. But the invoices, statements and firms were all fake.
Investigators at HM Revenue & Customs say that even when they put him under investigation, the Aberdare-based ‘consultant’ went on to set up other companies.
Overall, a total of £141, 369 was fraudulently attempted as VAT repayments by him and his companies, but only £17, 610 was paid out by HMRC.
There was never any intention on his part to trade legitimately, the Revenue added, and his setting up of the companies was solely aimed at stealing the VAT.
Appearing at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, Morgan was handed an 18-month jail sentence, further to five-year ban from being a company director, having plead guilty to both ‘being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of VAT’, and ‘the possession and making or supplying articles for the use in fraud.’