25th Jun, 2019

Wythall man jailed for tax evasion told to pay back more than £75,000 or face further 20 months behind bars

Bromsgrove Editorial 1st Feb, 2018 Updated: 1st Feb, 2018

A WYTHALL company director who was jailed for tax evasion has been ordered to pay back more than £75,000 or face another 20 months behind bars.

Craig McDougall, of Lindsworth Road, Kings Norton, has been told to repay £75,777.19 following a confiscation hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday or end up back in prison and still owe the money.

The 46-year-old had been jailed for four years at the same court for evading £161,175 in income tax, National Insurance and VAT following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

McDougall, who owned an heavy goods haulage business, lied about his turnover and income for more than two years and claimed HMRC had lost his records but no paperwork was ever received.

Investigators were able to check his bank records and found huge discrepancies.

Officers found that during 2011 and 2013 his turnover was £830,000 and not £649,058, as McDougall had claimed.

He also said his income was only £16,995 for those years, but he withdrew more than £235,000, which he couldn’t account for.

If McDougall does not hand over the cash by April 25 he will serve the additional sentence in prison and will still owe the money to HMRC.

An HMRC spokesperson said: “McDougall lied about his earnings and then tried to blame others to cover up his criminality.

“He tried to abuse the tax system and is now paying the price.

“If he does not pay the money back he will serve extra time behind bars and will still owe the money.”

HMRC did not disclose the name of the company.

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