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Builder jailed for £800k VAT fraud

Wayne Harrison Credit: HMRC

A Canterbury builder has been jailed for VAT offences of over £800,000.

Wayne Harrison, 52, admitted submitting fraudulent VAT repayment claims for two building firms he directed – David Charles Homes and Weybridge Homes.

Revenue and customs officers, searching his former home in Broadstairs, found evidence of money transfers to Russia, golf club membership, designer jewellery and a large newly-built kitchen and conservatory.

Yet Canterbury Crown Court heard that between 2006 and 2009 he fraudulently claimed VAT refunds totalling £812,250.

Upon sentencing, Mr Recorder Alex Milne QC, said: “Your offending strikes at the heart of the taxation system.”

Harrison, of Pilgrims Mead, Harbledown, Canterbury, pleaded guilty to two counts of cheating the public revenue of VAT.

He was jailed for two and a half years and suspended as a company director for five years. Confiscation proceedings are also in place to reclaim the proceeds of the crimes.

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