A CARPENTER who tried to claim £26,000 in fraudulent income tax refunds has been jailed.
Oliver Ford, 28, submitted multiple self-assessment tax returns to claim tax rebates.
He lied about his turnover, deductions and expenses and more than £19,000 was refunded to him by HM Revenue and Customs.
The offences came to light after an investigation was carried out by HMRC. Investigators found that Ford had no books or records to support the claims.
Ford, of Bedford Drive, Titchfield, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court for sentencing. He had admitted 15 fraud offences at a hearing in July.
At the time of his arrest he was living in Purbrook Road, Fratton and the court heard how he might have gambled some of the money away.
Recorder Timothy Mousley QC sentenced Ford to 10 months imprisonment. He will serve half in prison and the remainder was suspended.
John Cooper, from HMRC, said: ‘HMRC is determined to crack down on fraudsters like Ford who are intent on stealing from the wider taxpaying public.
‘This sentencing will act as a deterrent to anyone considering such criminality.’