Leeds company director avoids jail after stealing £50k worth of VAT

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The director of an IT business has avoided a jail sentence, despite pocketing thousands of pounds' worth of tax.

Michael Baker admitted lying about how much he earned to evade more than £50,000 worth of tax.

Leeds Magistrates Court

Leeds Magistrates Court

Leeds Magistrates Court heard today (Tuesday) how the 53-year-old, who ran an IT consultancy business called Baker Ericson Associates Ltd, pocketed £51,914.82 of money owed to HMRC after suppressing sales on VAT returns between July 2012 and October 2017.

His theft came to light after an investigation carried out by HMRC.

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Baker, of Alwoodley Lane, was given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, today after admitting to VAT fraud in a previous hearing last month.

He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, and has started to repay the money he stole.