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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Kitchen Fraud

On the subject of defrauding HMRC, it was recently reported in Accountancy that Michael Kitchen and seven others were sentenced to jail at Liverpool Crown Court for a toal of 18.5 years for diverting £1.2M of tax payments to his partners in crime through 158 separate payments.

Kitchen was employed by HMRC to allocate payments for PAYE accounts, and was fired in 2009 after an internal investigation.

Kitchen was ordered to pay back £175K, or face a further two years behind bars.

Ian Horridge, Internal Governance, HMRC, said:
"Kitchen abused his position of trust in a sophisticated and sustained fraud aimed at paying the tax liabilities of his friends and associates. HMRC is committed to the highest level of integrity and we take the strongest possible action against the tiny minority who let us all down by falling short of those standards. 

We also use confiscations to ensure that people don’t benefit financially from their criminal activity. The confiscation orders required all the defendants to pay back their ill-gotten gains, or face jail and still owe the money."

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. It's a shame that HMRC officers let themselves down in this way.

    However I did enjoy his performance in Foyles War. Just a pity he obviously couldn't find any acting work after it finished.

  2. "HMRC is committed to the highest level of integrity ...."

    Now that is funny.