The boss of Top Grill Kebab and Pizza House in Warrington has been jailed after he lied about his shop's takings as part of a £179,000 tax fraud.
Between January 2012 and October 2015 Mehmet Tekagac, 43, of Viscount Road, Padgate, claimed he made around £9,000 a year from the fast food takeaway.
After examining bank records, his personal income and records of sales made through a website HMRC investigators found Tekagac had earned far more after hid his takings to evade paying £31,244 in Corporation Tax. He also pocketed more than £98,000 VAT he charged customers and claimed £49,528 in Child Tax Credits as a low income family of six during the fraud.
On 20 September 2017, Tekagac was sentenced to 30 months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to three counts of tax fraud totalling £179,154.
Confiscation proceedings have begun to recover the stolen tax.