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Fraudsters jailed for £700,000 VAT scam

Pair used building company to submit false VAT claims

Two fraudsters who used a building company to falsely reclaim over £700,000 of VAT have been jailed for over two years.

Keith Lawrence Chamberlain (42) of London Road in Dover and Rhonnan Mark Mundy (49) from Mill Lane in Deal registered several companies, including dry lining specialist PD&C Ltd, to falsely claim the tax repayments.

PD&C Ltd reclaimed over £550,000 in VAT alone, but HM Revenue and Customs officers found that between January 2008 and October 2009 there was no evidence of any trading activity at the firm. None of the legitimate companies the pair had claimed to have done business with had ever heard of them.

HM Revenue and Customs also found evidence that the men had hijacked a legitimate VAT registration and used the identities of at least four people without their consent to set up other businesses to submit false VAT claims.

Both men pleaded guilty and were sentenced to two years and eight months on 30 January 2012 at Canterbury Crown Court.

Confiscation proceedings are underway reclaim the proceeds of their crime from the pair.

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