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Dundee man sentenced for VAT fraud

A Dundee businessman, who pleaded guilty to using seven aliases to commit a £166,000 VAT fraud, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Brinner Frank Patino Sabando registered a company, Fresca Ltd, using aliases, and then lied to reclaim VAT he wasn’t entitled to. The company provided water coolers to businesses.

“Sabando used aliases to set up the company and over 22 months made fraudulent VAT repayment claims,” said Anne-Marie Gordon of HMRC. “He knew that he was breaking the law, yet chose to overlook it for the opportunity of making what he wrongly assumed would be easy money, at the expense of the UK taxpayer. He will now have to pay a very high price for his criminal activities.”

During the investigation it was discovered that, in many of the VAT repayment returns submitted for Fresca Ltd, the value of purchases didn’t tally with the transactions shown in the company bank account. The figures used in the fraudulent returns, had they been true, would have meant that the company was operating at a loss, selling products for substantially less than had been paid for them.

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