Thu, 29 May 2014
Paul Hackney pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud totalling £2.3 million which made his conviction one of the top five secured by HMRC in 2013. He featured on HMRC's New Years rogues gallery website as a result. He was the most senior of a 17 strong conspiracy who ran a complex VAT repayment fraud using the sale of fictitious concrete crushing machines with the production of fake invoices and the reclaiming of VAT which had in actual fact not been paid because the goods never existed.
After conviction HMRC sought to recover £1.6 million from him through Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings but after a multi day hearing before Manchester Crown Court, where Richard Gibbs represented Mr Hackney, the Crown agreed a settlement proposed and ordered him to pay an agreed figure of £50,000; less than 3% of the figure they sought.
Please click here to view Richard Gibbs profile.