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VAT fraudsters jailed

25 Jun 15 Two plasterers men who used 747 fake invoices to steal almost £300,000 in fraudulent VAT claims have been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Robert Martin Milligan, 42, and Gary Smyth, 36, directors of R&G Plastering Ltd based in County Down, were interviewed in March 2014 when an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) uncovered their fraud. Investigators found that between 2008 and 2012 the men had submitted the fake invoices claiming to have bought building supplies and materials.

Mike Parkinson, assistant director, criminal investigation at HMRC, said: “Milligan and Smyth deliberately set out to create a false paper trail to claim money they weren’t entitled to. They used fake invoices in an attempt to make the claims look real, but hadn’t banked on our investigators uncovering their crime.”

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