A 30-year-old Alfreton man who worked with an accomplice to try to swindle over £205,000 in tax repayments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been jailed today.
Danny Peat from Peveril Road, Tibshelf, falsified his online Self Assessment tax returns by claiming he was self employed with substantial business expenses. By lying about his expenses he tried to steal over £120,000 in tax he wasn’t entitled to.
Peat, along with accomplice Shane Plunkett, 31, of Belper, made a similar fraudulent tax claim, in Plunkett’s name, for over £85,000.
Stuart Taylor, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:
“Peat and Plunkett made several online claims, which all proved bogus, in an attempt to line their own pockets. HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and anyone deliberately choosing to evade their taxes or making deliberate attacks on the UK’s tax systems will face prosecution.
“If you have information about people who may be involved in tax fraud you can contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”
The pair pleaded guilty to the fraud at separate court hearings earlier this year. Peat was jailed for 16 months and Plunkett was jailed for 6 months for the tax fraud, plus 9 months for other police offences. suspended for 18 months.