Glasgow business owner avoids jail over £18k VAT scam – and he tried to blame accountant

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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.

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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.”

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