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VAT fraudster ordered to pay nearly £70k or face more prison time

18/05/2017 News Team

 A convicted fraudster, who attempted to steal more than £465,000 in VAT repayments, has been told he must repay £68,712 or serve a further eight months in prison and still owe the money.

Kulvinder Boparai, the director of Greenwich Bay, was jailed in December of last year for committing VAT fraud between 2014 and 2015 but a HMRC investigation led to the uncovering of the fraud.

Mr Boparai purchased industrial units in Frimley, Surrey in May 2013, and alleged that refurbishment work had been carried out to rectify damp and drainage problems and made a number of fraudulent VAT repayment claims for the work.

HMRC froze £398,935.20 in repayments and began an investigation, finding the work had never been done, and was sentenced to six years imprisonment in December 2016.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday (15/05/2017), Mr Boparai was ordered to repay the money, and has three months to pay the amount in full or serve a default prison sentence of eight months and still owe said money.

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