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Pizza takeaway boss jailed for sending in false tax returns

|News, Fraud and economic crime

A man has been jailed for submitting false tax returns on his takeaway pizza business in Liverpool.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Bahram Mansouriboroujeni, 60, of Phythian Close in Kensington in Liverpool, ran the Deep Pan Express and then the Deep  Pan Express Limited between February 2016 and January 2020.

The business was based in Scargreen Avenue in West Derby.  Mansouriboroujeni underdeclared the income he was making to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Invoices obtained by HMRC from Just Eat and Hungry House online food delivery companies proved he had a higher turnover in sales than he claimed. The CPS said that he  deliberately failed to disclose the true turnover of his business to HMRC to conceal the amount of VAT, Income Tax and National Insurance he was legally obliged to pay.

As a consequence, Mansouriboroujeni avoided paying the following taxes:

  • VAT: £107,333.98
  • Income Tax: £10,162.20
  • National Insurance: £5,403.13
  • Less paid: £19,148.27
  • Total: £103,751.04

Mr. Mansouriboroujeni was interviewed on 10 December 2019 at St. Anne Street Police Station in Liverpool.

During his interview, he said he was new to the takeaway business when he took over the company and didn’t understand his business or tax responsibilities.

Today (26 August 2021) at Liverpool Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to dishonestly failing to disclose to HMRC the true extent of the turnover of his business. He was jailed for 30 months.

Senior Crown Prosecutor, George Ward, of CPS Mersey-Cheshire’s Fraud Unit, said: "Mansouriboroujeni claimed he didn’t understand what he was supposed to declare on his tax returns. But his accountant said he had explained that all of his turnover must be revealed.

"This was a substantial fraud, running into over a £100,000 and was carried out over an extended period of time.

"As a result of his dishonesty this businessman is now behind bars. There are a lot of demands on the public purse and those who cheat the Exchequer,  cheat all of us. Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks they can provide false returns to HMRC and get away with it."

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