Tax dodging construction boss jailed
A construction company owner who stole £300,000 in income tax and VAT has been jailed for two years, after a joint investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Insolvency Service.
Leonard Gjini, 33, from Purley, Greater London, set up Leo’s Construction Services Ltd in April 2010 in Croydon, but failed to pass HMRC any of the tax he deducted through PAYE from employees’ salaries, or from contractors’ wages under the Construction Industry Scheme. He also kept the VAT that he had charged clients.
HMRC Fraud Investigation Service assistant director Alan Tully said: “Gjini ran a relatively successful business, but by the time he finally admitted the fraud, he had built up a huge debt. He has defrauded HMRC and abused the trust of his clients and his employees.
“Failing to pay taxes will not be tolerated and it’s unfair to other legitimate businesses who pay their taxes on time. We are determined to stamp out tax fraud and will not hesitate to work with partners like the Insolvency Service to take action against cheats. Our next step is to reclaim the profits Gjini made committing this crime.”
The investigation revealed that in addition to the tax fraud, Gjini had not kept proper records for the two years Leo’s Construction Services Ltd was trading. In July 2012 the company went into liquidation as an attempt to evade paying the tax due.
Gjini pleaded guilty to VAT evasion and cheating the public revenue on 26th January 2016, and was jailed for two years at Croydon Crown Court.
Confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act are being taken.
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This article was published on 27 Jan 2016 (last updated on 27 Jan 2016).