Two jailed for gift aid fraud
Two Ghanian nationals who worked as financial advisers have been found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to cheat the Public Revenue. The fraudsters who tried to claim almost £145,000 in a gift aid scam have been jailed for two years.
The fraudsters used their financial services agency to process a false gift aid repayment claim for £144,800 on behalf of a charity called the Church of Grace Ministries UK. To support the claim they provided false documentation which included the names and addresses of donors who did not exist.
The Judge at the Old Bailey said that the pair had shown 'no iota of remorse' for the crime they had committed and described the fraud as deliberate before sentencing them to two years’ imprisonment.
Commenting on the decision, David Margree, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said:
'Agbo and Owusu had the financial knowledge to make a determined attempt to steal from honest people. They submitted the false claim knowing that it was an abuse of a scheme designed to help charities in need. I strongly encourage anyone with information about people committing this type of fraud to call the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.'