Teenager Tyrone farmer John Moane sentenced after £60k VAT fraud
A teenage farmer from Co Tyrone who tried to steal almost £60,000 in a VAT fraud has been sentenced at Dungannon Crown Court to two years' probation and 95 hours community service.
John James Moane (19), of Teigeshill Road, Fivemiletown, submitted a number of VAT repayment claims for hiring machinery and plant for his farming business. However, HM Revenue and Customs investigations revealed that these invoices were fake and the machinery did not exist.
Further investigations revealed that Moane had also altered dates and names on the invoices in order to reclaim the VAT to which he was not entitled.
Mike Parkinson, assistant director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: "Moane manipulated a system that exists for the benefit of legitimate companies with the sole purpose of lining his own pockets.
"He knew he was breaking the law, yet chose to overlook it for the opportunity of making what he wrongly assumed would be easy money, at the expense of the taxpayer."