Crime

Manchester director admits £190,000 tax fraud

He has been issued a penalty of over £110,000, including interest

Cristopher Carr, the director of Manchester-based Carr’s BK, has been banned for 11 years after fraudulently claiming nearly £200,000 in tax repayments.

Established in 2017, the firm wound up in court in November 2019 as the Official Receiver was appointed as liquidator.

Enquiries into Carr’s actions found that twice he had falsified bank statements and invoices to “defraud the tax authorities out of hundreds of thousands of pounds”.

A tax return of over £72,000 from November 2017 was found to have claimed on goods that Carr had not purchased, while a second return worth more that £117,000 was filed in January 2018.

While the company had referred to one of its suppliers, the invoices submitted were revealed as ingenuine.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and was issued with a penalty of over £110,000 including interest, resulting in the secretary of state accepting a disqualification undertaking from Carr that commenced on 14 December 2020.

Dave Elliott, chief investigator at the Insolvency Service, said: “We worked closely with the tax authorities to bring Christopher Carr’s actions to light and this 11-year disqualification recognises the seriousness of his actions.”

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