Not-so clean slate for roofing company director

The director of a roofing company has been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) found £47,000 worth of tax fraud.

Robert Brown, 60, submitted fraudulent VAT return claims between September and December 2017, stealing a total of £47,600. The director of R Brown Building and Roofing forged invoices and documents to claim back VAT on building supplies.

Joe Hendry, assistant director of the Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “Robert stole more than £47,000 that should have gone to fund our public services. Instead, he submitted false documents with the sole intention of pocketing cash he wasn’t owed, to fund his own lifestyle.”

Robert pleaded guilty before Glasgow Sheriff Court and was sentenced to 12 months in prison when he appeared in court on February 7, 2018.