7m in taxes to fund holidays to Monaco Grand Prix and homes in Turkey and the US An accountant is one of three men to coach outlet niagara have been jailed for a total of 19 years after they conspired to steal almost 7m in UK taxes to fund a lavish lifestyle that helped them buy properties in Turkey and the US.For two and a half years, Aquil Ahmed, 60, and formerly of St Leonards Street, West Malling, construction services company director,, 43, formerly of Discovery Drive, Kings Hill and payroll administrator, 37, formerly of Church Road, Swanscombe, defrauded HMRC of a range of taxes that workers of companies using the payroll services thought were being paid to HMRC.The men attempted to hide their fraud by using a complex network of companies and bank accounts in the UK and offshore, but were eventually busted by HMRC investigators.Shearer's company, Leaner Logistics, supplies short term contractors to the construction industry, and the director turned to Ahmed's Keepers companies to run his payroll and CIS.Over time, Shearer introduced other clients to the payroll company, who also used this fraudulent scheme, but rather than pay the tax and National Insurance to HMRC, the three men stole the money to fund Ahmed and Shearer's lavish lifestyles.Ahmed owned a Bentley, bought properties in the UK, USA and Turkey, and took multiple foreign holidays, including trips to Dubai and the Monaco Grand Prix.Aquil Ahmed's BentleyThe court heard Azzopardi was in debt, so Ahmed paid him around 60,000 a year, double a usual bookkeeper's wage, for his role in the fraud and no tax was paid on his salary.Chris Gill, assistant director of HMRC's Fraud Investigation Service, said: "These men were driven by greed, abusing systems that are designed to ensure workers are paid correctly and taxes paid to HMRC."They were all professionals who knew they were breaking the law, but as an accountant Ahmed was coach outlet coupons 101 in a position of trust, making his part in the conspiracy even more deplorable."These criminals thought they'd created a sophisticated fraud, and that by operating through numerous UK and offshore companies, they could hide what they were doing."This investigation shows that regardless of the resources of those coach outlet locations quotes involved, or how hard they try to hide their crime, no one is beyond our reach."Tax evasion isn't victimless, it is theft from public services used by us all."If you know of anyone who is committing tax fraud please call our 24 hour hotline on 0800 59 5000 and help us stamp it out."Ahmed pleaded guilty to three counts of cheating the public revenue at Maidstone Crown Court on June 14, while Shearer and Azzopardi were found guilty of three counts of cheating the public revenue on July 21, after a six week trial at the same court.Shearer was also found guilty of laundering his 1.2m cut through a bank account in Gibraltar.The court heard how vast sums were spent by Shearer, through bank transfers, cash withdrawals and by debit card, on property and high living, ski holidays, cars and treating friends, family and clients.
Ahmed, Azzopardi and Shearer were sentenced to seven years eight months, four years and seven and a half years imprisonment, respectively, when they appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday.Ahmed and Shearer channelled money through Gibraltar, the Channel Islands, the UAE, USA, Turkey and various property transactions and are both subject to financial restraint orders.Upon sentencing the men, Judge Macdonald QC, said the "loss to HMRC is just another way of stealing coach outlet vicksburg ms from citizens of the UK," adding, that the men "took millions to spend on themselves".
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