Ex-Skegness woman in £160k fraud

A former Skegness business woman who ran three food outlets and rented out bed-sits but didn’t pay a penny of the £160,000 tax that was due has been sentenced.

Angela Whitehead-Creasey (62) pleaded guilty to tax evasion and income tax fraud following an HM Revenue & Customs investigation.

She was sentenced to 12 months prison suspended for two years, and 60 hours of unpaid work at Nottingham Crown Court recently.

Bob Gaiger, spokesperson from HMRC, said: “This fraudster admitted that she should have paid tax on her business and rental income but failed to do so. It is simply not acceptable to avoid paying tax.”

The fraud was uncovered after HMRC officers, carrying out checks on businesses, called at Crazy Cuts, which was a food and drinks outlet in Skegness.

The business, which was owned by Whitehead-Creasey, started selling food and non-alcoholic drinks in 2001. She opened two further shops in 2003 and 2005 in Ingoldmells. During this time she failed to register her business for VAT and never paid Income Tax or PAYE for her employees.