A SHAMED business owner caught in a £18,000 VAT fraud and tried to blame his accountant has avoided jail.
Anthony Amankwah – a director of a television repair firm in Govan – filed bogus claims to HMRC between October 2015 and July 2017.
The 35-year-old, of Ratho near Edinburgh, told officials he purchased TVs and exported them to Ghana in order to receive VAT repayments.
An investigation found that these transactions had not taken place.
Amankwah was quizzed and pointed the finger at his accountant Samuel Judge as the person who controlled his affairs.
But, Amankwah, a first offender, pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to £18,000 VAT fraud and £10,000 in attempted VAT fraud.
He was tagged for 12 months keeping him in doors between 8:30am to 6pm.
Sheriff Joan Kerr told him at sentencing: “You depraved everyone of public funds.”