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Recycling consultant jailed for tax scam

An Ayrshire recycling consultant has been jailed after a probe by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for failing to pay any income tax.

John Hamill, aged 53 of Stewarton, traded as a sole proprietor for GH Consulting from his home.

Between 2006-14 he made profits more than £1.3m but failed to pay any income tax.

Until his arrest in July 2014, Hamill, also known as Gerry, stole a total of £309,941.95.

He pleaded guilty to income tax fraud at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on 3 April and was last week sentenced to 21 months in jail. He has since paid back £56,000 of the fraud.

HMRC assistant director, fraud investigation service, Joe Hendry said: “Hamill failed to register for self-assessment and used the stolen tax to fund his lifestyle. This was money that should have been funding vital public services.”


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