A Domino’s Pizza delivery driver from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after being found guilty of six counts of tax repayment fraud.
Neil David Felsbergs faked his pay, tax and job expenses for five years in an attempt to steal more than £60,000 in tax repayments.
In one year alone, he manipulated his online Self Assessment tax return to claim £21,500 in tax rebate, when he was actually entitled to just £60.
He also claimed mileage expenses for five years despite only being employed by Domino’s for three years. He also falsified his work history and income for previous jobs at Chester Zoo and Dixons Retail.
He was caught after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uncovered his claims on his Self Assessment tax returns. Investigators found he had submitted 12 versions of his tax returns to trigger the refunds.
Sandra Smith, assistant director, fraud investigation service, HMRC, said: “Felsbergs attempted to line his own pockets by making multiple online claims, which all proved bogus. HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and anyone choosing to evade their taxes or make deliberate attacks on the public purse can face prosecution, a criminal record and jail.
“HMRC are taking the profit out of tax crime to ensure that crime doesn’t pay, and will now seek to recover what he stole. If you have information, about people who may be involved in tax fraud, you can contact the 24-hour hotline on 0800 59 5000.”
HMRC withheld more than £15,000 of Neil's tax repayments and will now start proceedings to recover the remaining tax.