Roofer’s £102k tax fraud falls through

Richard Cakebread, a self-employed roofer, has been jailed for 20 months for evading £88,000 in VAT and stealing a further £14,000 by failing to pay income tax, following an investigation by HMRC

Cakebread traded as M R Roofing and worked on historic buildings, including courts and universities.

HMRC discovered Cakebread charged VAT on invoices he sent to his clients, including £51,690 on 60 invoices to one contractor alone, but failed to pay any of the tax to HMRC. The VAT number he was using had been deregistered in 2009.

He also failed to declare his earnings or pay any income tax, evading £14,237.

Cakebread was jailed for 20 months at Maidstone Crown court on 18 October after pleading guilty to the fraudulent evasion of VAT and cheating the public revenue.

HMRC will look to pursue recovery of the proceeds of crime.

Mark Cox, assistant director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: ‘HMRC will continue to pursue criminals like Richard Cakebread who attack the tax system. It is simply not acceptable to charge VAT to your clients, but pocket the money. It is theft from honest businesses and taxpayers, and also steals funds from the public services we all rely on.’

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