Couple guilty of VAT fraud sentenced by court in Cornwall
Date of alert:
Friday, 15 July 2022
Devon & Cornwall Police
Two farm owners have appeared in front of a court in Cornwall for sentencing on a single count of VAT fraud.
Caroline Beech, 54, and her partner Patrick Ancill, 66, were convicted by a jury of defrauding HMRC of thousands of pounds by "playing the VAT system" over six years, even though their trekking business was actually an empty field.
Beech was handed down a sentence of ten months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and Ancill received a sentence of 24 months suspended for 18 months.