Barr used his insider information to warn Darren Oliver and Wayne Cockerill that their £557K VAT fraud had been discovered. Barr told them to destroy or hide evidence.
Judge Robert Atherton is quoted by Accounting Web:
“During the time you were an HMRC officer you became aware of the over half a million pound fraud perpetrated by good friends.Joff Parsons, Head of HMRC’s Internal Governance Criminal Investigations, said:
You tipped them off and provided guidance and advice which they followed. As a former Police and Customs Officer you know the public expect a high level of integrity, and confidentiality is of prime importance. Your previous good character does not count.”
“As a criminal investigator, Richard Barr was expected to act with absolute honesty and integrity. Instead, he despicably abused his position.
His actions were a gross abuse of the public’s trust.”
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