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Man jailed for three years for a £350,000 VAT fraud

20 April 2015

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A man who claimed to be running a multi-million pound business from his one-bedroom flat has been jailed for three years for a £350,000 VAT fraud.

Neil Lesfrance was first arrested three years ago when investigators examined claims he had made false VAT returns. He produced false documentation in an attempt to convince the HMRC of the genuine nature of his VAT returns for Wembley-based Paramount Enterprises.

His bogus documents included invoices for items he claimed to be retailing, such as photocopiers and display screens, and bank statements designed to show that he had £2M. The true balance of his bank account, investigators found, ranged between £200 and being overdrawn.

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