Trading Standards and HMRC crack paving company tax fraud

A man from Clacton-on-Sea who ran a paving company has been sentenced after he evaded £94,000 in tax by hiding thousands of pounds in his children’s bank accounts.

Thomas Joseph Doran, who ran Clacton Reinforced Paving Ltd, was arrested by officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in February 2014. A joint investigation by HMRC and Suffolk Trading Standards revealed he had used the stolen tax to fund a lavish lifestyle, including paying cash for a large detached home in Northamptonshire, which he rented out, a 32ft American Recreational Vehicle and more than £150,000 for a Bentley Continental.

As well as failing to declare the profits from his paving business, Doran bought land in Weeley, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, and created a mobile home site.  But again he failed to pay any tax on rental income from his tenants by hiding it in his children’s bank accounts.

Gary Forbes, Assistant Director, Criminal Taxes Unit, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“This was a blatant attack on the tax system. It is not acceptable to hide income to avoid paying tax – but there is a small minority who flout the rules and think that they can operate outside of the system. This not only deprives public services of much needed funds but also gives them an unfair edge over honest businesses who do the right thing.

“We will continue to work closely with Suffolk Trading Standards and other law enforcement agencies to track down those who abuse the tax system, and would ask if anyone who has information on tax fraud to contact our 24 hour Hotline on 0800 59 5000”.

Doran came to the attention of Suffolk Trading Standards after they received complaints from the public about the standard of work being carried out by Clacton Reinforced Paving Ltd, and the fact that they appeared to be preying on elderly and vulnerable people.

Cllr Matthew Hicks Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Trading Standards said:

“This case is a great example of agencies working together in protecting communities from those preying on the elderly and vulnerable in Suffolk. Although previously sentenced, I am pleased that Mr Doran has now been sentenced for tax evasion, after our officers alerted HMRC during the investigation. Suffolk Trading Standards will always endeavour to prosecute, whether solely or through collaboration, any rogue traders who target Suffolk residents.”

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If anyone is concerned about being approached by a rogue trader they should contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

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Also see:

Rogue Father and Son duo Sentenced

Consumers receive a total of over £59,000 in compensation from rogue traders

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