Man jailed after £200k VAT fraud

Russell Goodenough was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Monday
Russell Goodenough was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Monday

A Scottish scrap metal dealer who failed to pay more than £200,000 of VAT he charged his customers, has been jailed for 18 months, after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Russell Goodenough, 48, of Auchterarder, set up T’ir Trading Ltd at his former home address in Ellon in December 2010.

The company bought and sold scrap metal and was registered for VAT.

HMRC officers discovered Goodenough imported tonnes of scrap metal from Europe which he sold on to customers in the UK, charging them £205,600 in VAT which he kept rather than paying over to HMRC

Cheryl Burr, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “Goodenough deliberately lied about his trade with European countries to throw us off the scent of his premeditated VAT evasion, but now he is paying the price behind bars.

“The VAT he charged should have been used to fund the public services used by us all, but Goodenough decided to pocket the lot.

“HMRC will continue to pursue criminals who attack the tax system and we ask anyone with information about suspected VAT fraud to report it to HMRC online or call our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Goodenough was detained by HMRC officers, interviewed under caution and then charged with the fraudulent evasion of VAT.

He was sentenced on Monday, January 29, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to 18 months in jail having previously pleaded guilty to the offence in December 2017.