Pizza delivery firm bosses jailed for £600,000 fraud

Daily Echo: Harish Desai Harish Desai

TWO Hampshire men have been jailed for carrying out £600,000 VAT fraud at four south coast restaurants.

Harish Desai and Mukesh Patel were sentenced to 18 months behind bars by a judge in Southampton this morning.

The pair were franchisees of Pizza Hut, trading under the name Pizza Delivery Services Ltd, and ran four takeaway restaurants in Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole.

Southampton Crown Court heard the men had failed to pay almost £200,000 in VAT for their Poole restaurant between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2010.

The pair then failed to supply VAT returns for any of their restaurants between July 2010 and September 2011, resulting in debts of more than £400,000 to Her Majesty Revenue and Custom.

The court heard that they used the money to keep their failing business afloat, as they had large outstanding debts and their company would have been declared insolvent otherwise.

Their business has since folded, with all of the restaurants now under new management.

Daily Echo:

Desai, 61, and Patel, 55 (above), were each sentenced to 18 months imprisonment today after pleading guilty to cheating the public revenue.

They will serve half of their sentence before being allowed out on license.

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12:55pm Fri 20 Dec 13

loonaloop says...

Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.
Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness. loonaloop

1:06pm Fri 20 Dec 13

hulla baloo says...

loonaloop wrote:
Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.
Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts.
[quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts. hulla baloo

1:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

KSO16R says...

Where's the money?
Where's the money? KSO16R

2:14pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Huey says...

That's a lot of dough.
That's a lot of dough. Huey

3:11pm Fri 20 Dec 13

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

always a bit light on the pepperoni.
always a bit light on the pepperoni. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.

3:11pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Shoong says...

600K?

I would've liked a pizza that action.
600K? I would've liked a pizza that action. Shoong

3:12pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Dasal says...

Huey wrote:
That's a lot of dough.
We'd all like a "pizza" the action..............
...
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: That's a lot of dough.[/p][/quote]We'd all like a "pizza" the action.............. ... Dasal

3:12pm Fri 20 Dec 13

beiroot says...

hulla baloo wrote:
loonaloop wrote:
Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.
Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts.
Vodafone fraudulently sold me a 2 year contract when I asked for a one year contract. I should have been suspicious when they charged me for Insurance that was not requested. Complained about this and they cancelled it.After a year I contacted them to cancel the contract and they said that it was a 2 year contract as they didn't do 1 year contracts. Despite lengthy phone callsI could not get them to accept that I was the victim of a fraudulent operator so I cancelled my Direct debit. However when I applied for a bank loan it was refused despite a blemish free banking history for 30 years with the same account.Checked with Experian and found that Vodafone had 2 late payments recorded against me thereby stopping me getting credit.Beware of Vodafone. (nothing to do with this story just thought I'd have a rant about Vodafone)
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts.[/p][/quote]Vodafone fraudulently sold me a 2 year contract when I asked for a one year contract. I should have been suspicious when they charged me for Insurance that was not requested. Complained about this and they cancelled it.After a year I contacted them to cancel the contract and they said that it was a 2 year contract as they didn't do 1 year contracts. Despite lengthy phone callsI could not get them to accept that I was the victim of a fraudulent operator so I cancelled my Direct debit. However when I applied for a bank loan it was refused despite a blemish free banking history for 30 years with the same account.Checked with Experian and found that Vodafone had 2 late payments recorded against me thereby stopping me getting credit.Beware of Vodafone. (nothing to do with this story just thought I'd have a rant about Vodafone) beiroot

3:13pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Dasal says...

Shoong wrote:
600K?

I would've liked a pizza that action.
Fastest finger, "shoong"............
.....
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: 600K? I would've liked a pizza that action.[/p][/quote]Fastest finger, "shoong"............ ..... Dasal

3:49pm Fri 20 Dec 13

H0ckeyd says...

And yet where are those Pompey directors again?
And yet where are those Pompey directors again? H0ckeyd

4:03pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Lockssmart says...

They'll get their crust stuffed in jail.
They'll get their crust stuffed in jail. Lockssmart

4:28pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Folkestone Saint says...

I would do 9 months in clink for £300k, after all you can play on your X-box all day and don't have stop to take parcels in for your neighbours whilst going for a good time
I would do 9 months in clink for £300k, after all you can play on your X-box all day and don't have stop to take parcels in for your neighbours whilst going for a good time Folkestone Saint

4:53pm Fri 20 Dec 13

issacchunt says...

A certain chippy along Portswood rd actually has a sign 'cash only' and never gives a receipt? Easy to divert funds out of the tax mans pocket.
A certain chippy along Portswood rd actually has a sign 'cash only' and never gives a receipt? Easy to divert funds out of the tax mans pocket. issacchunt

5:06pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Facewagon says...

NForester wrote:
Their kind are at it all the time, cash only operations should be banned
"Their kind"?
[quote][p][bold]NForester[/bold] wrote: Their kind are at it all the time, cash only operations should be banned[/p][/quote]"Their kind"? Facewagon

5:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

NForester says...

Tax evaders
Tax evaders NForester

5:31pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bigfella777 says...

KSO16R wrote:
Where's the money?
In India
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: Where's the money?[/p][/quote]In India bigfella777

5:35pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Lone Ranger. says...

issacchunt wrote:
A certain chippy along Portswood rd actually has a sign 'cash only' and never gives a receipt? Easy to divert funds out of the tax mans pocket.
I have never known a chippy to give receipts .......
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: A certain chippy along Portswood rd actually has a sign 'cash only' and never gives a receipt? Easy to divert funds out of the tax mans pocket.[/p][/quote]I have never known a chippy to give receipts ....... Lone Ranger.

9:17pm Fri 20 Dec 13

sass says...

Facewagon wrote:
NForester wrote: Their kind are at it all the time, cash only operations should be banned
"Their kind"?
There, their, they're not the same!
[quote][p][bold]Facewagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NForester[/bold] wrote: Their kind are at it all the time, cash only operations should be banned[/p][/quote]"Their kind"?[/p][/quote]There, their, they're not the same! sass

11:11pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Facewagon says...

NForester wrote:
Tax evaders
Oh, right. "Tax evaders are always evading tax". A blistering insight there.
[quote][p][bold]NForester[/bold] wrote: Tax evaders[/p][/quote]Oh, right. "Tax evaders are always evading tax". A blistering insight there. Facewagon

6:34am Sat 21 Dec 13

NForester says...

Their kind, the kind of them?
Their kind, the kind of them? NForester

7:23am Sat 21 Dec 13

Lockssmart says...

beiroot wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
loonaloop wrote:
Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.
Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts.
Vodafone fraudulently sold me a 2 year contract when I asked for a one year contract. I should have been suspicious when they charged me for Insurance that was not requested. Complained about this and they cancelled it.After a year I contacted them to cancel the contract and they said that it was a 2 year contract as they didn't do 1 year contracts. Despite lengthy phone callsI could not get them to accept that I was the victim of a fraudulent operator so I cancelled my Direct debit. However when I applied for a bank loan it was refused despite a blemish free banking history for 30 years with the same account.Checked with Experian and found that Vodafone had 2 late payments recorded against me thereby stopping me getting credit.Beware of Vodafone. (nothing to do with this story just thought I'd have a rant about Vodafone)
You would have had a signed copy of the contract which you could have produced at a small claims court. Years ago Vodafone gave three months free insurance and it was your responsibility to contact them to end it after three months.
Read the small print, pay your bills on time and you won't have a problem.
[quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts.[/p][/quote]Vodafone fraudulently sold me a 2 year contract when I asked for a one year contract. I should have been suspicious when they charged me for Insurance that was not requested. Complained about this and they cancelled it.After a year I contacted them to cancel the contract and they said that it was a 2 year contract as they didn't do 1 year contracts. Despite lengthy phone callsI could not get them to accept that I was the victim of a fraudulent operator so I cancelled my Direct debit. However when I applied for a bank loan it was refused despite a blemish free banking history for 30 years with the same account.Checked with Experian and found that Vodafone had 2 late payments recorded against me thereby stopping me getting credit.Beware of Vodafone. (nothing to do with this story just thought I'd have a rant about Vodafone)[/p][/quote]You would have had a signed copy of the contract which you could have produced at a small claims court. Years ago Vodafone gave three months free insurance and it was your responsibility to contact them to end it after three months. Read the small print, pay your bills on time and you won't have a problem. Lockssmart

1:51pm Sat 21 Dec 13

beiroot says...

Lockssmart wrote:
beiroot wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
loonaloop wrote:
Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.
Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts.
Vodafone fraudulently sold me a 2 year contract when I asked for a one year contract. I should have been suspicious when they charged me for Insurance that was not requested. Complained about this and they cancelled it.After a year I contacted them to cancel the contract and they said that it was a 2 year contract as they didn't do 1 year contracts. Despite lengthy phone callsI could not get them to accept that I was the victim of a fraudulent operator so I cancelled my Direct debit. However when I applied for a bank loan it was refused despite a blemish free banking history for 30 years with the same account.Checked with Experian and found that Vodafone had 2 late payments recorded against me thereby stopping me getting credit.Beware of Vodafone. (nothing to do with this story just thought I'd have a rant about Vodafone)
You would have had a signed copy of the contract which you could have produced at a small claims court. Years ago Vodafone gave three months free insurance and it was your responsibility to contact them to end it after three months.
Read the small print, pay your bills on time and you won't have a problem.
Lockssmart. Are you aware that phone contracts are agrred over the phone.? You are supposed to get a confirmation e-mail ,which I didn't.Also conversations are supposed to be recorded but as a year had lapsed before I was aware of the scam they said there was no record.The insurance was not a 3 month offer it was just added without my knowledge in order to enhance the operators commission as was the 2 year contract.Do you work for Vodafone? Thanks for your advice on paying bills on time this was most useful but in this case I wasn't going to pay for something I haven't ordered.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts.[/p][/quote]Vodafone fraudulently sold me a 2 year contract when I asked for a one year contract. I should have been suspicious when they charged me for Insurance that was not requested. Complained about this and they cancelled it.After a year I contacted them to cancel the contract and they said that it was a 2 year contract as they didn't do 1 year contracts. Despite lengthy phone callsI could not get them to accept that I was the victim of a fraudulent operator so I cancelled my Direct debit. However when I applied for a bank loan it was refused despite a blemish free banking history for 30 years with the same account.Checked with Experian and found that Vodafone had 2 late payments recorded against me thereby stopping me getting credit.Beware of Vodafone. (nothing to do with this story just thought I'd have a rant about Vodafone)[/p][/quote]You would have had a signed copy of the contract which you could have produced at a small claims court. Years ago Vodafone gave three months free insurance and it was your responsibility to contact them to end it after three months. Read the small print, pay your bills on time and you won't have a problem.[/p][/quote]Lockssmart. Are you aware that phone contracts are agrred over the phone.? You are supposed to get a confirmation e-mail ,which I didn't.Also conversations are supposed to be recorded but as a year had lapsed before I was aware of the scam they said there was no record.The insurance was not a 3 month offer it was just added without my knowledge in order to enhance the operators commission as was the 2 year contract.Do you work for Vodafone? Thanks for your advice on paying bills on time this was most useful but in this case I wasn't going to pay for something I haven't ordered. beiroot

1:58pm Sat 21 Dec 13

southy says...

Facewagon wrote:
NForester wrote:
Tax evaders
Oh, right. "Tax evaders are always evading tax". A blistering insight there.
The bigger problem is Tax Avoider,s, there is more tax lost in avoided tax than there is evasion of tax, evasion of tax is small fry, the top 1% riches people and company,s avoid paying the full amount of tax, £120 billion is lost in tax avoidance each year
[quote][p][bold]Facewagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NForester[/bold] wrote: Tax evaders[/p][/quote]Oh, right. "Tax evaders are always evading tax". A blistering insight there.[/p][/quote]The bigger problem is Tax Avoider,s, there is more tax lost in avoided tax than there is evasion of tax, evasion of tax is small fry, the top 1% riches people and company,s avoid paying the full amount of tax, £120 billion is lost in tax avoidance each year southy

6:17pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Lockssmart says...

beiroot wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
beiroot wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
loonaloop wrote:
Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.
Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts.
Vodafone fraudulently sold me a 2 year contract when I asked for a one year contract. I should have been suspicious when they charged me for Insurance that was not requested. Complained about this and they cancelled it.After a year I contacted them to cancel the contract and they said that it was a 2 year contract as they didn't do 1 year contracts. Despite lengthy phone callsI could not get them to accept that I was the victim of a fraudulent operator so I cancelled my Direct debit. However when I applied for a bank loan it was refused despite a blemish free banking history for 30 years with the same account.Checked with Experian and found that Vodafone had 2 late payments recorded against me thereby stopping me getting credit.Beware of Vodafone. (nothing to do with this story just thought I'd have a rant about Vodafone)
You would have had a signed copy of the contract which you could have produced at a small claims court. Years ago Vodafone gave three months free insurance and it was your responsibility to contact them to end it after three months.
Read the small print, pay your bills on time and you won't have a problem.
Lockssmart. Are you aware that phone contracts are agrred over the phone.? You are supposed to get a confirmation e-mail ,which I didn't.Also conversations are supposed to be recorded but as a year had lapsed before I was aware of the scam they said there was no record.The insurance was not a 3 month offer it was just added without my knowledge in order to enhance the operators commission as was the 2 year contract.Do you work for Vodafone? Thanks for your advice on paying bills on time this was most useful but in this case I wasn't going to pay for something I haven't ordered.
Documents are sent to me every time I renew. If they're not in by week one, then question why. You very much sound like you're the type to blame anyone but yourself? Maybe you need help?
[quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beiroot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: Our Justice system is a laughing stock!! You can go out dealing class a`s, smash glasses in peoples faces, Burgle homes, download filthy images of kids and get a telling off. Rip off the establishment = 18 months in the Clink. Madness.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Unless you are Google, Vodafone, Amazon etc then you can get away with fiddling the accounts.[/p][/quote]Vodafone fraudulently sold me a 2 year contract when I asked for a one year contract. I should have been suspicious when they charged me for Insurance that was not requested. Complained about this and they cancelled it.After a year I contacted them to cancel the contract and they said that it was a 2 year contract as they didn't do 1 year contracts. Despite lengthy phone callsI could not get them to accept that I was the victim of a fraudulent operator so I cancelled my Direct debit. However when I applied for a bank loan it was refused despite a blemish free banking history for 30 years with the same account.Checked with Experian and found that Vodafone had 2 late payments recorded against me thereby stopping me getting credit.Beware of Vodafone. (nothing to do with this story just thought I'd have a rant about Vodafone)[/p][/quote]You would have had a signed copy of the contract which you could have produced at a small claims court. Years ago Vodafone gave three months free insurance and it was your responsibility to contact them to end it after three months. Read the small print, pay your bills on time and you won't have a problem.[/p][/quote]Lockssmart. Are you aware that phone contracts are agrred over the phone.? You are supposed to get a confirmation e-mail ,which I didn't.Also conversations are supposed to be recorded but as a year had lapsed before I was aware of the scam they said there was no record.The insurance was not a 3 month offer it was just added without my knowledge in order to enhance the operators commission as was the 2 year contract.Do you work for Vodafone? Thanks for your advice on paying bills on time this was most useful but in this case I wasn't going to pay for something I haven't ordered.[/p][/quote]Documents are sent to me every time I renew. If they're not in by week one, then question why. You very much sound like you're the type to blame anyone but yourself? Maybe you need help? Lockssmart

7:05pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Inform Al says...

issacchunt wrote:
A certain chippy along Portswood rd actually has a sign 'cash only' and never gives a receipt? Easy to divert funds out of the tax mans pocket.
First bus only take cash on their buses, are you saying they are at it as well?
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: A certain chippy along Portswood rd actually has a sign 'cash only' and never gives a receipt? Easy to divert funds out of the tax mans pocket.[/p][/quote]First bus only take cash on their buses, are you saying they are at it as well? Inform Al

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