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Diverting dosh: Crooked accountant hijacked NHS identities in tax fraud

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FRAUDSTER: Sharjeel Iqbal used his position as an NHS finance worker to hijack the identities of 59 hospital staff

FRAUDSTER: Sharjeel Iqbal used his position as an NHS finance worker to hijack the identities of 59 hospital staff

An accountant from Bolton, who hijacked the identities of NHS doctors and nurses in a £40,000 tax fraud, has been jailed.

29-year-old Sharjeel Iqbal, of Lakelands Drive, Bolton, used his position as an NHS finance worker to hijack the identities of 59 carefully selected midwives, nurses, cardiologists and other NHS staff who were genuinely due tax refunds.

He submitted claims without their knowledge and diverted the money to his own bank accounts.

Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), said: “This was a well-organised, professional attempt to manipulate the UK tax system for personal gain. As an accountant, Iqbal was in a position of trust and was well aware that he was breaking the law.”

She added: “He stole personal data, forged signatures on tax repayment documents, submitted false claims and paid the refunds into his own bank accounts. It was an appalling plan to steal from doctors, nurses and UK taxpayers that HMRC intercepted. He now has a criminal record and his professional reputation is ruined.”

Iqbal attempted to claim £40,277 in faked Self Assessment repayments on behalf of non-existent clients between 2012 and 2013.

However, HMRC withheld £14,308 when they detected suspicious activity linked to his accountancy business and some of the hijacked identities.

Iqbal was arrested in early morning raids by HMRC on 12th November 2014. HMRC searched his home and business premises and seized laptops, business records and mobile phones for forensic examination as part of the investigation.

Officers also discovered a significant amount of cash, which has been detained, and will now form part of proceedings to confiscate his criminal profits.

On 4th November 2016, Iqbal was jailed for 21 months, after pleading guilty at a previous court hearing.

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‘Mr Photogenic’: Birmingham accountant retains prestigious catwalk award

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CHAMP: Zain Hassan was awarded the Mr Photogenic title from the Mr British Empire Awards in August

CHAMP: Zain Hassan was awarded the Mr Photogenic title from the Mr British Empire Awards in August

An aspiring accountant from the West Midlands was celebrating his success on the catwalk earlier this year as he proved brains and beauty can go together.

Zain Hassan, from Birmingham, retained his Mr Photogenic title on 29th August at the annual Mr British Empire Awards.

Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, Zain now resides in the UK and was named Mr Birmingham prior to the competition for the second year in a row.

Competing against representatives from across the country, the 28-year-old also picked up the first runners-up award to the Mr British Empire title, to go alongside his Mr Photogenic accolade.

Speaking about his success, Zain said: “It is obviously a huge confidence boost to win such a prestigious award two years in a row and will be a great addition for my portfolio.

“I have been doing this for around four years now and I really enjoy the competitions and having the chance to model.

“Through the Mr British Empire contest, I have been able to meet some incredible people from across the UK and it is an honour to have succeeded in this prestigious competition.

“The judges were really impressed with my facial hair and I am delighted to have retained my title.”

Following his success, Zain hopes to continue modelling whilst training to be an accountant.

He has already landed spots in upcoming fashion shows and was on the runway within a month of winning his nationwide title.

“I was selected for New Top Model UK 2016 after the event in Watford,” he added.

“I have also been included in the Pakistan Fashion Week in London where I was able to gain even more experience in this field.

“Hopefully I can continue to grow as a model and work it alongside my accountancy role.”

Accountant jailed for VAT fraud

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An Essex accountant, who claimed £340,000 in fraudulent VAT repayments, has been jailed for four years and three months.

Shahzad Rubani

Shahzad Rubani

HMRC launched the investigation in 2012 discovering that 47-year-old Shahzad Rubani of Henley Road, Ilford, had recruited friends and associates to help set up a chain of VAT-registered companies purely to commit fraud.

Rubani, a qualified accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants was the principal organiser of the fraud.

He amended the company accounts and submitted false VAT returns for his “clients”, claiming repayments that weren’t due. While committing the fraud he also claimed Jobseekers Allowance that he wasn’t entitled to.

Jonathan Leslie William Burns

Jonathan Leslie William Burns

Rubani was sentenced to four years and three months in prison and disqualified from being a director for seven years.

Peter Millroy, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “Rubani devised a scam he thought was foolproof to deceive HMRC and steal money from the taxpayer.

“He used his professional status as a smokescreen and thought his criminal actions would go undetected.

He was wrong and is now paying the price with a prison sentence and his reputation and professional career in tatters.”

Kasser Hussain

Kasser Hussain

Four other men were also convicted for their part in the conspiracy with false VAT returns: Kasser Hussain (47) from Middlesex, Islam Akram (43) from London and Imran Khan (34) and Jonathan Leslie William Burns (41), both from Essex.

His Honour Judge Mettyear commented:
“It was the skill and determination of HMRC that brought these defendants to justice”.

Imran Khan

Imran Khan