A SCAFFOLDER who cheated the Inland Revenue out of nearly £500,000 was jailed for 21 months last week.
The Central Criminal Court was told how Ronald Magee fiddled the old 714 tax exemption system by selling vouchers enabling subcontractors to be paid gross.
Judge Geoffrey Grigson told him: 'Your conduct was deliberate, dishonest and persistent and the cost to the Revenue was persistent.
'The sentence must contain a deterrent element. The word must go out that those convicted of defrauding the Revenue will go to prison.'
Magee, of High Grove, Plumstead, London, admitted 14 specimen charges of theft and one of cheating the Revenue in relation to a return he filled in for the 1994-95 tax year.
He asked for 171 similar offences to be considered.