Clearview National December 2015 - Issue 169 - Page 6

INDUSTRYNEWS Bletchley double glazing salesman sentenced for tax fraud »»A former double glazing salesman who failed to declare his earnings or pay Income Tax or National Insurance Contributions, defrauding taxpayers of almost £32,000 has been sentenced. ‘would have continued his fraud had HMRC not stopped him’ Stuart Taylor, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “Tax fraudsters such as Steed think they have an upper-hand over those who pay what is due. He stole from public finances and would have continued his fraud had HMRC not stopped him. Our message is clear – if you don’t pay what you should, we will investigate. Anyone with information about this type of crime can contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.” Steed pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court in October 2015. He was sentenced Source: HMRC Road Trip for Network Veka Members saw 45 members, staff and friends of Network VEKA head over to VEKA AG from all corners of the UK and Ireland. While the majority of delegates travelled via regional airports, a number of committed motorcyclists made the trip on their beloved bikes. Dennis Sumner from Force 8, Sue and Phil Chick from Delta Plastics, Austin Greene from Assure, and Assure Inspector Graham Leonard each journeyed on two wheels. Network VEKA MD John Ogilvie, who was on the trip, explains: “The entire group was ‘Steed was ordered to repay £4,000 within three months’ Steed was ordered to repay £4,000 within three months, or go to jail for four months and still pay the money. His Honour Judge Cole, said: “This kind of fraud affects public services.” Officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) discovered that Andrew Steed, 62, was paid £275,900 in commission over a nine-year period on the sales he generated for a national window company. However, he had failed to complete Self Assessment returns. »»A trip to Germany to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Amersham Law Courts on 2 November. He must also pay £500 in costs and complete 200 hours of unpaid work. welcomed by Global VEKA Group Executive Board Member Mr Bonifatius Eichwald for a presentation about the history of the VEKA worldwide group. “Network VEKA’s Brand Ambassador Steve Davis took the opportunity to play Dr Werner Schuler, also a member of the Executive Board in a ‘best of five’ game of pool (which Dr Schuler won 3-2!) before he entertained us all with one or two of his best trick shots. “We were keen to thank our hosts for their warm welcome and happily presented a signed Steve Davis / Network VEKA 6 » DEC 2015 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M picture, to show our appreciation, along with a trophy for their win in the pool competition. “We rounded the trip off with dinner at the traditional Schumacker restaurant and a night out in Düsseldorf Old Town. “It was a great chance for members to get together in a light-hearted, social atmosphere, while sharing their ideas and experiences. The trip was a great combination of ‘educational’ and ‘fun’ and we’ve already received some fantastic feedback.”