06 Apr Tax fraud takeaway boss sent to jail
A takeaway owner has been found guilty of tax fraud and jailed for 28 months following an investigation by HMRC. The restauranteur from Leicestershire, Ozcan Donmez, was found to have evaded more than £165,000 in Income Tax and VAT.
HMRC found that Donmez had hid the amount of wages he was paying, failed to declare the income on two rental properties and supressed the weekly takings at his takeaway.
Stuart Taylor, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:
'Donmez knew full well that he was breaking the law. In doing so he took money away from vital public services and there are no excuses for this type of criminal activity.'
Donmez pleaded guilty and is also the subject of a confiscation order to recover the proceeds of his crime. Donmez must pay back the full amount of his crime within three months or face a further two-and-a-half years in prison.
The restaurant trade has historically had a reputation as a sector where there is a significant amount of tax leakage and has always provided a happy hunting ground for HMRC. Any restauranteurs who need to regularise their tax affairs should ensure that they come forward to report errors or tax fraud before they are discovered by HMRC.