Fugitive tax fraudster jailed in UK after going on the run in Spain

He hijacked innocent people’s identities and invented other clients to send fraudulent tax returns

LAST UPDATED: 22 Feb, 2017 @ 17:36
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lawrence-goldbergA RUNAWAY tax fraudster will begin a six-year jail sentence after being extradited to the UK from Spain.

South African Leib Berger, 53, who went under the name Lawrence Goldberg, had been jailed for two years in 2011 for stealing more than €1.1 million through a Self Assessment tax fraud.

Posing as a nominated tax agent, he hijacked innocent people’s identities and invented other clients to send fraudulent tax returns to the UK’s HMRC.

In December 2012, Berger was ordered to repay £249,999 to the HMRC by December 2013 or receive a default prison sentence of 16 months.

He fled to Spain instead, where he remained as a fugitive.

It was then revealed that Berger was hiding further assets, leading authorities to increase the amount he had to pay back to £1.5 million.

Just four weeks later, the default prison sentence was amended to six years.

Berger was eventually tracked down and arrested in Spain on February 7 of this year, before being extradited yesterday.

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