Dairy Trader Gets 3 Years For £900K VAT Scam

Law360, London (August 28, 2019, 8:10 PM BST) -- A dairy products trader has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of stealing more than £900,000 ($1.1 million) from U.K. taxpayers to fund a gambling addiction. 

Terence Sickelmore, of Devon in southwest England, filed dozens of fake value-added tax returns inflating his business to fraudulently claim rebates of £913,729, HM Revenue and Customs said Tuesday. 

Sickelmore admitted VAT fraud at Exeter Magistrates Court on July 30. A judge sentenced him to three years in prison at Exeter Crown Court on Aug. 27, HMRC said. 

The trader was a co-owner of Dairy World, a dairy products business....

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