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Tax-dodging chip shop boss bought [pounds sterling]7m-lottery winner's mansion using [pounds sterling]600k CASH; The dream home - complete with a gym and games room - had a pool with Roy Gibney's winning lottery numbers etched on the bottom.

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A jailedtax-scammingchippy boss bought a [pounds sterling]7.5million-lottery winner's mansion using [pounds sterling]600,000 in cash.

Sadit Sabir raked in cash from his three chip shops to fund a millionaire's lifestyle, including buying the luxury home once owned by lotto winner Roy Gibney.

The stunning Brambles mansion in up-market Barnoldy-Le-Beck, Grimsby, was bought by Sabir in February 2014 after being put on the market for [pounds sterling]1m by Mr Gibney.

Complete with its own gym and games room as well as a fishing lake, the dream home even hada pool with Mr Gibney's winning lottery numbers etchedon the bottom,Grimsby Live reports.

Court recordsshow Sabir, 38, used [pounds sterling]618,000 in cash to buy the house. The money came from three fish and chip shops, the Seaway in Cleethorpes and St James Fish Restaurant and Fish and Chik in Grimsby.

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Mr Gibney had bought the house shortly after his [pounds sterling]7.5m win in the summer of 1998 for [pounds sterling]375,000 and invested heavily in the property.

Sabir then bought the Brambles in 2014 and transferred it to his father's name to concealthe crime.

There is no suggestion his retired father knew about the scam.

Mr Sabir Senior had built up the family business after starting off as a factory worker and part time taxi driver before his son opened his first fish and chip shop in Grimsby in 2005.

Sabir was jailed for three-and-a-half years on Friday after a lengthy police investigation into tax fraud.

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Grimsby Crown Court heard Sabir had benefited from [pounds sterling]1.4m of unpaid tax and VAT between 2009 and 2015. He used the money to buy a top of the range [pounds sterling]60,000 Mercedes for his then wife and when police raided his home they discovered another [pounds sterling]63,000 in cash stuffed inside a suitcase.

But the court records show the largest single tax fraud was buying the Brambles in February 2014.

The charge under the Proceeds of Crime Act, says: "On 21/2/2014 at Grimsby...concealed, disguised, converted, transferred or removed criminal property, namely [pounds sterling]618,000, by means of using it in the purchase of The Brambles, Barnoldby-Le-Beck, Grimsby.

Land records show the Brambles was sold for [pounds sterling]1.1m in October last year, four weeks before Sabir admitted the tax fraud in court. The house was one of the most expensive homes bought in North East Lincolnshire in 2018.

Sabir's jailing has thrown the future of his two remaining businesses into doubt, although both have continued to trade despite staff only discovering their boss's crime on Friday. Sabir's lawyer said it was likely both restaurants would close as a result of the sentence.

However, records show both Seaway and St James Fish Restaurant are profitable.

And despite claims in court that the Seaway, one of Cleethorpes best known chip shops, had been hit by competition from Papas one the Seafront, both are likely to attract potential new owners.

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Sadit Sabir raked in cash from his three chip shops to fund a millionaire's lifestyle

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Sadit Sabir made his cash from three Grimsby chip shops
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