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Prison for VAT fraud scrap dealer

A scrap metal dealer who failed to pay more than £200,000 of VAT he charged to customers has been jailed for 18 months.

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Following a prosecution by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Russell Goodenough, 48, of Auchterarder, was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on 29 January.

He had admitted at an earlier hearing to fraudulent evasion of VAT, contrary to section 72 of the VAT Act 1994, totalling £205,600.

HMRC said Goodenough set up T’ir Trading at his former home in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, in December 2010. The company bought and sold scrap metal and was registered for VAT.

Officers discovered he had imported tonnes of scrap metal from Europe which he sold on to customers in the UK, charging them £205,600 in VAT which he retained.

Cheryl Burr, assistant director, fraud investigation service, HMRC, said: “Goodenough deliberately lied about his trade with European countries to throw us off the scent of his premeditated VAT evasion, but now he is paying the price behind bars.”

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