Aslackby businessman accused of dishonestly claiming repayment of £132,326 from Customs

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An Aslackby businessman is accused of trying to defraud Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs of £132,326.77 in repayment of VAT.

Richard Crisp, 27, of Aveland Way, Aslackby, is accused of five counts of making a false representation to Customs, namely that a VAT return on behalf of Crisp Hire Ltd was a lawful claim for repayment.

Mr Crisp is accused of dishonestly making claims for the repayment of £302.52 in VAT on September 28, 2011, for £2,332.47 on November 1, 2011, for £5,208.85 on February 5, 2012, for £119,425.73 on May 8, 2012, and for £5,057.20 on September 28, 2012.

Mr Crisp made no plea when he appeared before Grantham magistrates on Monday.

The case was adjourned to August 11 at Lincoln Crown Court. Mr Crisp was given unconditional bail.