A fast food takeaway boss who lied about his shop’s takings as part of a £179,000 tax fraud has been jailed, following an investigation by HMRC.
Mehmet Tekagac from Warrington claimed he made around £9,000 a year from the Top Grill Kebab and Pizza House between January 2012 and October 2015, but HMRC investigators found he earned more after analysing bank records, his personal income and records of sales made through a website.
Mr Tekagac hid his takings to avoid paying £31,244 in corporation tax, and stole more than £98,000 VAT he charged customers. In addition, he claimed £49,528 in child tax credits as a low income family of six during the fraud.
He was sentenced to 30 months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court, and pleaded guilty to three counts of tax fraud totalling £179,154.
Assistant director in HMRC’s fraud investigation service, Sandra Smith, commented: “Tekagac is paying the price for thinking it was acceptable to steal from the public purse. He took his fraudulent income at the expense of honest taxpayers and businesses who play by the rules.”
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