AN EAST MIDLANDS tax dodger has been found guilty of fiddling over £40,000 worth of business expenses, including multiple taxi fare receipts written in the same handwriting.
IT consultant Leigh Thomas Southall, of Bestwood, Nottinghamshire, was found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court and sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid community work.
The court heard that Southall made repeated claims for expensive hotels and taxi journeys, including one for a £35 taxi ride from King’s Cross in London to a business client’s office that was just three minutes away.
Richard Young, assistant director of the HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, said:
Southall thought he could cheat the system and is now paying the price. He was driven by pure greed, to cheat the honest majority who play by the rules. Tax cheats steal funding from the public services we all rely on and I ask anyone with information about tax fraud to contact our hotline.
Southall was also ordered to pay back £40,818 of stolen tax within three months or go to prison for nine months and still have to pay back the money.