Operation Moonshot

Operation: Moonshot
Date: 29 April 2014
Region: South East
Location: Essex


A VAT repayment fraud perpetrated by an Essex-based accountant who used friends and colleagues to set up VAT registered companies for the sole purpose of defrauding HMRC of £340,000 over a 2 and a half year period. He and his associates were convicted and he was sentenced to 4 years and 3 months. Custodial sentences over 11 years in total have been imposed on 4 of the defendants, with 1 awaiting sentence.