Rogue Traders Fan’s £378k Fraud

Wednesday, 1st March 2023 at 6:45pm

According to the Hull Live website, a fraudster fascinated by the TV programme Rogue Traders turned himself into a conman in a £378,300 VAT refunds scam that netted more than £158,300.

Lance Johns roped in a very hard-up father who was desperate for some “quick money” and the willing accomplice handed over his personal details so that the fraud could escalate.

False businesses were created and Johns artificially inflated the tax paid, causing the false VAT returns to be repaid by HMRC officials without checking the bogus invoices.

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