Peterborough IT consultancy director sentenced for £8,000 tax fraud

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.
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The director of a Peterborough IT consultancy company, who faked invoices and under declared sales to steal more than £8,000 in tax, has been sentenced.

Hillary Obomighie, (40), of Winsor Crescent, Hampton Vale, hid the true value of sales and produced false invoices for equipment he had never purchased.

A HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation found he had lied about the figures on his 2011/12 Corporation tax return.

Obomighie, a director at Darrell Hill Ltd, pleaded guilty to false accounting and possession of articles to use in a fraud at the start of his trial at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (Monday 16 May 2016).

He was sentenced to an 18-month community order, 160 hours of unpaid work and has to pay back the full £8,231 within six months.

Cheryl Burr, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:“Obomighie manipulated the accounts of his business and drew up fraudulent invoices to steal taxpayers’ money to which he was not entitled. This is money that should have been funding vital public services.

“HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and I urge anyone with information about individuals or businesses involved in tax fraud to call our 24-hour hotline on 0800 59 5000.”