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Accountant who sent money abroad in fraud case jailed.

Ahpeti AN accountant who sent hundreds of thousands of pounds overseas after being enlisted by a call centre boss at the centre of a PS2.3m fraud investigation has been jailed.

de PPI call centre managing director David Buckley, 51, employed Swansea-based accountant Mahmood Sadiq Poptani, pictured, in 2011 as he sought to prop up his own failing business.

Buckley ran Compensation Professionals Network Ltd, in Basingstoke, between 2008 and 2012. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) found he stole pay-as-you-earn deductions from employees and VAT.

It was found that instead of paying the taxes due, Buckley bought shares in other businesses and propped up his own failing company.

Poptani, 60, of Heol y Fran, Cwmrhydyceirw, Swansea, played a crucial role in the illegal movement of money from Compensation Professionals Network Ltd and sent PS453,000 overseas.

Buckley, of Redwing Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to one count of the fraudulent evasion of VAT and two counts of the fraudulent evasion of income tax.

Poptani pleaded guilty to one count of concealing criminal property.

Buckley was jailed for four years and 11 months and Poptani was jailed for two years and eight months.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 3, 2019
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