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Falkirk company director guilty of VAT fraud 6 September 2013

A company director has been sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to VAT fraud.

Dominic Haseltine, 40, from Winchester Drive in Denny, Falkirk, tried to steal more than £57,000 in fraudulent VAT repayments by faking invoices, according to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

The fraud took place over two and a half years and involved Indalo Digital UK Ltd, registered in Polmont, and HD Video Europe Ltd, registered in West Bromwich, of which Haseltine was sole director.

Following an investigation, HMRC found that during the period April 2010 to September 2012 the UK VAT loss was £57,349.

Haseltine pleaded guilty on 14 August 2013 to VAT fraud at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

He was sentenced at the same court on 5 September to two years in prison.

David Odd, assistant director of criminal investigation for HMRC in Scotland, said: “Haseltine knew that he was breaking the law, yet chose to overlook it for the opportunity of making what he wrongly assumed would be easy money, at the expense of the UK taxpayer. He now has to pay a very high price for his criminal activities.

“Tax fraud is a serious offence and is treated as such by the justice system,” Odd added.



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