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Paver jailed for tax dodging

A paving contractor who claimed to have dementia has been sent to jail for tax offences.

Samuel Jones and his wife Lorraine Jones, both of Weston-Super-Mare, failed to declare income tax and pay National Insurance Contributions and VAT for 10 years before their arrest by HM Revenue & Customs investigators.

Mr Jones was sentenced to four years in jail and Mrs Jones to three and a half years.

The couple denied running a paving business and claimed their money was from inheritance and gambling.

They traded under the business names Diamond Stone Paving, Diamond Driveways, JP Paving, J Pope and J Pope Tarmac Constructors and owned a £1.6 million portfolio of properties, £1.4m cash plus three Porsche 911s, a Range Rover and several Mercedes.

Mr Jones claimed to be suffering the early stages of dementia shortly before their trial was due to start in March 2011.

But HMRC said subsequent medical testing showed he did not have the condition and was fit for trial.

HMRC assistant director criminal investigation Simon De Kayne said: “This couple had a blatant disregard for the UK tax system; they simply didn’t bother with it.

“This gave them a completely unfair and illegal advantage over business competitors and robbed the exchequer of vital revenue.”

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