Runaway tax cheat is back behind bars

Local 30A TAX fraudster is starting a six-year jail sentence after being extradited back to the UK from Spain by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for failing to repay £1.5 million.

South African Leib Berger, previously known as Lawrence Goldberg, was originally jailed for two years in September 2011 after admitting at the Old Bailey to stealing more than £1m through a Self Assessment tax fraud.

The 53-year-old had posed as a nominated tax agent, hijacking innocent people’s identities and inventing other clients to send fraudulent tax returns to HMRC.

Then, in December 2012, he was ordered to repay £249,999 within 12 months, or receive a 16-month default prison sentence.

But Berger, who ran the fraud from a West London maisonette, fled to Spain. While he hid, HMRC investigations revealed that he had further assets.

The confiscation order was increased to £1.5m in September 2015, and, a month later, the default sentence was amended to six years.

Berger, tracked down and arrested in Spain earlier this month, was extradited to the UK on Tuesday.



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