Metals Dealer Gets 7½ Years For 6-Year, £17M VAT Scam

Law360, London (April 4, 2019, 9:51 PM BST) -- A London judge on Thursday sentenced a metals dealer to 7½ years in prison and his bookkeeper to five years for running a £17 million ($22.2 million) value-added tax fraud over a period of six years, describing a deliberate plot to scam Britain's tax authority. 

While sentencing the two men, Judge Philip Bartle said metals dealer Anthony Bond, 63, “ran the fraud” at his companies, referred to as the Bond Group, and handed him the longer sentence. At the same time, the judge blamed Bond for the involvement of his bookkeeper, Stephen Goble, 63, whose role the judge attributed to “misplaced...

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