Underwear fraudster given brief jail sentence after being knicked

22/08/2017 News Team

A call centre worker from Swansea, who set up a company to sell men’s designer underwear as a front to steal more than £50,000 from taxpayers through a VAT fraud, has been jailed.

Daniel King, 37, set up his company, D-briefed, in October 2013 and told HMRC investigators he intended to import the underwear from China to re-sell over the internet. However, he couldn’t produce any documentation to support his claim that he intended to trade. The business was simply a fiction designed to conceal his tax fraud.

Mr King told investigators he attended a VAT seminar before setting up his company, to give him a better understanding of how the tax system works. He later admitted making up the figures for ten fraudulent VAT claims between December 2013 and March 2016, totalling £57,563.35.

Colin Spinks, assistant director, fraud investigation service, HMRC, said: “[Mr] King blatantly abused the tax system by setting up a company for the sole purpose of stealing money that should have funded public services. Now he has a criminal record and we are working to recover the money he stole.

On sentencing, Mr Recorder P Griffiths QC said: “I am satisfied that you went into this with your eyes wide open and that you knew full well you were acting fraudulently. You have gained financially, dishonestly and deliberately and it would be an affront to the public if you were not immediately deprived of your liberty”.

Mr King was sentenced to two years and three months in prison. He was ordered to pay £670 as well as a victim surcharge of £120.

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