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Plumber 'cheats public out of enough cash to pay for three trainee firefighters'

Friday 22nd March 2019

A LARKFIELD plumber, who stole £71,765 by charging customers VAT but not passing the money on to the Government, has been handed a 21 month prison sentence.

Mark Jubb, 52, of Springfield Road, cost the public purse enough money to pay for three trainee firefighters, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers have revealed.

He earned more than double the VAT threshold in one year, but didn’t register his business, Ascot Plumbing, for three.

And he advertised his services under other business names, including Premier Plumbing, and subcontracted out much of his work.

Matt Palmer, assistant director of HMRC’s fraud investigation service, said: “Jubb deliberately evaded paying the tax he owed. The £71,000 he pocketed is the equivalent to the starting salaries of three trainee firefighters in Kent, and by cheating the system, he cheated society.”

Jubb pleaded guilty to cheating the public revenue and, on March 21 at Maidstone Crown Court, was sentenced to 21 months in prison, suspended for two years, and 220 hours unpaid work.

HMRC says it is now pursuing him to recover the money he stole.

“We encourage anyone with information regarding tax cheats to report them to HMRC online, or call our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887,” said Mr Palmer.