Deliveryman is jailed for eight months after fraud
A delivery driver who admitted falsifying his income records in a £140,000 fraud, has been jailed for eight months.
Investigations by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed that over seven years, 41-year-old David Smith from Abernethy Gardens, Newtownabbey earned more than £260,000 in profit as a self-employed delivery driver.
But he fraudulently declared his earnings as just £43,769.
In January 2014, he was interviewed by HMRC officers and admitted lying about his income and claiming Tax Credits he wasn't entitled to.
Smith evaded £76,598 due in tax and National Insurance contributions on his self-employed earnings, while he fraudulently claimed £63,272 in Tax Credits he wasn't entitled to.
Smith was sentenced to eight months in prison when he appeared at Downpatrick Crown Court yesterday.
Steve Tracey, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: "Taxpayers are the victims here, with stolen tax ending up in the pockets of criminals, while the public are losing out on funds for essential services."