Restaurant boss hid PS480k from taxman; BRUM BUSINESSMAN GET 3 YEARS FOR MASSIVE VAT FRAUD.
Byline: RAVEN SAUNT News Reporter
A RESTAURANT owner from Great Barr has been jailed for three years after a PS480,000 tax fraud.
Nazrul Islam hid sales from his Derbyshire-based restaurant in a bid to evade tax payments.
The 52-year-old's underhand dealings were discovered when investigators searched his home and uncovered a hidden sales book that dated back five years.
Islam was arrested in April 2017, following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
His home in Great Barr and his Jaipur restaurant in High Street, Repton, were both subsequently searched.
It was at his house that HMRC officers seized PS22,170 in cash.
The money was found hidden behind a large marble wardrobe, and has since been forfeited.
Officers also found meticulous records of Islam's daily takings between 2012 and 2017 in a hidden accounting book.
But the number of sales did not match up to those he submitted in his VAT returns.
They later discovered that Islam had also registered a different card payment machine for the restaurant, which had been sending transactions into a separate account.
With the card and hidden cash sales combined, Islam had hidden up to half of his declared takings.
Richard Paris, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: "This was a determined, well-planned and longrunning fraud, which even saw Islam buy and use separate card payment machines.
"Tax fraud is not a victimless crime. Islam deprived vital UK public services of this money and he gained an unfair advantage over honest competitors who pay the tax they owe."
Islam admitted evading VAT payments, Income Tax and National Insurance payments at an earlier hearing at Birmingham Crown Court.
He was sentenced to three years' prison on Thursday, and also disqualified from being a director of a company for seven years.
Action to recover the stolen money is now under way.
Islam deprived vital UK public services of this money and he gained an unfair advantage over honest competitors. Richard Paris HMRC
Nazrul Islam, of Great Barr, has been jailed