Kulvinder Boparai, 41, the director of Greenwich Bay Ltd, was jailed in December 2016 for committing VAT fraud. He attempted to steal more than £465,000 in VAT repayments, between 2014 and 2015, but the fraud unravelled after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
In May 2013, Boparai purchased industrial units in Frimley, Surrey. He alleged that refurbishment work had been carried out to rectify damp and drainage problems and made a number of fraudulent VAT repayment claims for the work. HMRC however, froze £398,935.20 in repayments and began an investigation, which showed the work had never been done. In December 2016, Boparai was sentenced to a total of six years and banned from being a company director for six years.
Boparai was ordered to repay the money today (Monday 15 May) at Snaresbrook Crown Court. He has three months to pay the amount in full or he will serve a default prison sentence of 8 months and still owe the money.