Bletchley double glazing salesman sentenced for tax fraud

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A former double glazing salesman defrauded taxpayers of almost £32,000 when failing to declare his earnings.

Andrew Steed, 62, of Shenley Road, Bletchley, also avoided paying income tax or national insurance contributions.

Officers from HM Revenue and Customs discovered Steed was paid £275,900 in commission over a nine-year period on sales generated for a national window company.

However, he had failed to complete self assessment returns.

Steed pleaded guilty to nine counts of fraudulently evading income tax when he appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court last month.

And on Monday he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Amersham Law Courts.

Stuart Taylor, assistant director, criminal investigation, HMRC, said: “Tax fraudsters such as Steed think they have an upper hand over those who pay what is due. He stole from public finances and would have continued his fraud had HMRC not stopped him. Our message is clear – if you don’t pay what you should, we will investigate.”

Steed was ordered to pay £500 costs and complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to repay £4,000 within three months, or go to jail for four months and still pay the money.