Court told of tax cheat’s web of lies

Preston Crown Court
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A STUDENT “tripped up by greed” has been jailed after conning the taxpayer out of thousands.

Carla Sloane fraudulently claimed almost £30,000 after creating a web of lies about a job which did not exist.

The 30-year-old, of Campion Close, Thornton, faked her self-assessment tax return and pretended she was a contract scaffolder in the construction industry – when actually she was a student studying criminology.

She has now been jailed for a total of 34 weeks after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) saw through her elaborate deceit.

Mike O’Grady, assistant director of criminal investigation at HMRC, said: “This is a classic case of greed and lies tripping up a fraudster.

“Sloane was interested only in lining her own pockets and knew exactly what she was doing.”

In total Sloane was overpaid £18,019.06 in tax credits and fake child care costs, and £10,532 in housing benefit, income support and council tax refunds.

And, because she said she was working in the construction industry, Sloane also tried to claim £25,192.10 in tax refunds under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS), which allows self-employed construction contractors to claim tax back.

Sloane admitted the fraudulent evasion of income tax and the fraudulent receipt of tax credits when she appeared in the dock at Preston Crown Court.

She was jailed for 26 weeks for the income tax and tax credit fraud plus a further eight weeks for the other benefit frauds.