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Tax fraudster sentenced to four years over £670k false VAT claims

A tax fraudster who fled to Monaco has been handed a four year jail term for falsely claiming £673,000 of VAT.

Tax fraudster sentenced to four years over £670k false VAT claims

A tax fraudster who fled to Monaco has been handed a four year jail term for falsely claiming £673,000 of VAT.

William Batchelor has been sentenced to four years in prison following an HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigation into VAT repayment claims from non-existent land purchases by his property company JCV Properties.

HMRC said the fraud involved the creation of bogus invoices claiming to be for the purchase of land which Batchelor used to claim £673,000 from HMRC. The claims covered a two year period from August 2008 to October 2010.

Batchelor (pictured) was arrested trying to board a plane to Monaco where HMRC said he had been living an ‘extravagant’ lifestyle with the proceeds of his fraud.

Martin Brown, HMRC Criminal Investigation assistant director, said: ‘He used the proceeds of that crime to fund his Monaco lifestyle which included a vintage Mercedes car worth over £100,000. HMRC was determined that he should remain in the UK to face our investigation.’

HMRC said it discovered Brown planned to return to Monaco, and had booked a flight out of the UK to Nice in the south of France. However, HMRC officers arrested Batchelor before he could board his flight and he was later charged with VAT fraud.

According to HMRC after initially pleading not guilty, Batchelor claimed he had been targeted by ‘mobsters’ demanding cash, forcing him to begin the VAT fraud.

However, these claims were rejected by the court as there was no evidence that the money fraudulently claimed from HMRC was ever paid to any third party. Batchelor subsequently pleaded guilty. He returned to Croydon Crown Court today where he was sentenced.

Batchelor confessed to his accountant, who was not involved in the fraud, telling them 'the game is up' the court heard. HMRC said several attempts to arrange a meeting with Batchelor to discuss his tax affairs had not been successful.

6 comments so far. Why not have your say?


Aug 09, 2012 at 17:36

£673,000 fraud and 4 yr prison, reduced to 3yrs with good behaviour. Comes to £224,000 per year. I read that a young single mother got 3yrs for carrying a TV in a pram at the last London riots. And then some idiots are boasting of British justice..

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masud butt

Aug 09, 2012 at 19:04

Hang him.

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Michael Stevens

Aug 09, 2012 at 21:16

Is HMRC going to get the money. make him bust.

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Aug 10, 2012 at 09:15

Totally agree it seems crazy some of the sentences that are handed out.

I think any crime that has involved stealing of money, the criminal should lose all property, assests frozen and be made bankrupt. Once they leave jail, they will need to keep clear and proven accounts of where money is made, and spent. So if they do have some hidden away, if they use it, it can be found and taken away!

Otherwise Jail term with have no impact, as in this case he will move abroad with his cash, where no one would have heard of him and start again.

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william waller

Aug 10, 2012 at 10:41

If the photo is true, then you've got to hand it to the guy for cutting a bit of style. At least he swindled the VAT cash so that he could go out and enjoy himself rather than just stick it under the mattrass. Now that would be sad, unless of course atop said mattrass....

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normski 2nd

Aug 12, 2012 at 16:06

a nice 25 year old ? william ?

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