Runaway tax cheat is back behind bars
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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