Manchester takeaway owner sentenced for £50k VAT theft

A Manchester takeaway owner who lied about his earnings to steal more than £50,000 in VAT has been sentenced.

Sultan Gul, 31, owner of Dixy Chicken in Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, charged customers VAT on online orders but pocketed the money, a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation found.

Gul, of Langport Avenue, Longsight, stole £51,550 between June 2015 and May 2017, by lying about how much money his chicken takeaway took through two online ordering portals.

Gul admitted VAT fraud and was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 18 months, at Manchester Crown Court on 12 November. He was also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work and pay an £85 surcharge.

Plea: Gul pleaded guilty to VAT fraud and was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 12 November.

A HMRC spokesperson said:

“Gul stole a substantial amount of money from the public purse but now his crimes have come home to roost.

“Those who evade paying their taxes steal money needed to fund vital public services – this is the equivalent to the wages of two trainee firefighters for a year. I would urge anyone with information on tax fraud to report it to HMRC online or contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

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