Security company director under lock and key after £500k tax theft

20/02/2018 News Team

The director of a Gloucester security services company, who stole almost half a million pounds in tax, has been jailed for three years after an investigation by the UK’s tax agency, HMRC.

Jonathan Benjamin Schofield was a director of J S Facilities Group Ltd. Between 2011 and 2016, Mr Schofield made fraudulent declarations of Income Tax, National Insurance and VAT – committing tax frauds totalling £497,000.

Colin Spinks, assistant director, fraud investigation service, HMRC, said: “[Mr] Schofield knew he was breaking the law but thought he could get away with ripping off honest taxpayers. Now he’s in jail and facing the consequences of his criminal behaviour.

Upon sentencing, His Honour Judge Lawrie QC, said: “There was compelling evidence to show that Mr Schofield was a dishonest man, he knew what he was doing to make his life easier, he consistently failed to meet with HMRC over an 18 month period and has been less than co-operative throughout.

"Mr Schofield did not recognise that he had done anything wrong and pointed the finger at others whilst abusing his position and enjoying a lavish lifestyle.”

Confiscation proceedings to recover proceeds of the crime are under way.

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