Chukwudi Nwodo sentenced for failing to pay Income Tax

Daily Echo: Chukwudi Daniel Nwodo Chukwudi Daniel Nwodo

A HAMPSHIRE man, who worked as a double-glazing salesman but never paid Income Tax, has today been handed a suspended sentence.

Chukwudi Daniel Nwodo, 30, from Catisfield Road, Fareham was caught after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers inspected his business records and found that he owed over £35,000 in Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions.

John Cooper, HMRC Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation, said: “Nwodo’s six-year history of tax evasion was blatant theft from public finances.

“He failed to pay any Income Tax and would have continued his fraud had HMRC officers not stopped him.

“Declaring income and paying tax is a legal requirement we all have to abide by, not a lifestyle choice. Tax fraud is a serious criminal offence and we ask anyone with information about people they suspect are not paying their dues to contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Nwodo was sentenced today at Portsmouth Crown Court to 12 months, suspended for two years.

Sentencing, His Honour Judge Richard Price, said: “You cannot steal £35,000 from the taxpayer and expect to walk away without sentence.”

Nwodo, originally from Nigeria, was arrested after HMRC officers called at his home in August 2012. Investigations revealed that he was taking wages from the business without paying tax and NIC. He was later charged with fraud offences and pleaded not guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court in February 2013. He later changed his plea to guilty.

Investigators also discovered that Nwodo had failed to submit VAT returns and owed around £24,000 in VAT. This money has already been recovered through the civil process.

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5:34pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bigfella777 says...

Tax evasion is illegal unless you are an owner of a big corporation and mates with George Osbourne
Tax evasion is illegal unless you are an owner of a big corporation and mates with George Osbourne bigfella777

6:07pm Fri 20 Dec 13

likewatchingbrazil says...

suspended for 2 years, lucky he was dealing in windows not pizza's, get the money off him and send him back to Nigeria. had his chance and blew it.
suspended for 2 years, lucky he was dealing in windows not pizza's, get the money off him and send him back to Nigeria. had his chance and blew it. likewatchingbrazil

6:11pm Fri 20 Dec 13

NForester says...

I rest my case, now try arguing that point you PC imbecile
I rest my case, now try arguing that point you PC imbecile NForester

6:32pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Georgethepie says...

Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss
Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss Georgethepie

7:48pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Lazy says...

Foreigners....SURPRI
SE SURPRISE !!!
Foreigners....SURPRI SE SURPRISE !!! Lazy

9:48pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Cyber__Fug says...

I guess if he'd been a tgb he would have been a lighter sentence ?
I guess if he'd been a tgb he would have been a lighter sentence ? Cyber__Fug

9:48pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Graeme Harrison says...

Lazy wrote:
Foreigners....SURPRI

SE SURPRISE !!!
Natives ..... SURPRISE SURPRISE !!!
http://www.dailyecho
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[quote][p][bold]Lazy[/bold] wrote: Foreigners....SURPRI SE SURPRISE !!![/p][/quote]Natives ..... SURPRISE SURPRISE !!! http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10891720 .Arsonist_jailed_aft er_torching_car/ Graeme Harrison

11:34pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Positively4thStreet says...

Double glazing eh,he didn't stand a chance...they must've seen straight through'im!
Double glazing eh,he didn't stand a chance...they must've seen straight through'im! Positively4thStreet

7:32am Sat 21 Dec 13

MisterGrimsdale says...

A Nigerian? Guilty of a financial impropriety? Do my eyes deceive me? THis can't be true!
A Nigerian? Guilty of a financial impropriety? Do my eyes deceive me? THis can't be true! MisterGrimsdale

9:16am Sat 21 Dec 13

sawilliams says...

HMRC is very good at saying that tax was evaded but they have failed to tell the public that this said businessman has paid up to £100,000 tax this year alone through VAT and Corporation Tax.

All you racist people, how much tax have you paid this year??????
And I will say this categorically that I am NOT desperate to stay in a country where they practice racism and discrimination. I am a proud Nigerian Businessman any time and by the grace of God I will continue to be successful in everything I do.

Yes His Honour Judge Richard Price, said: “You cannot steal £35,000 from the taxpayer and expect to walk away without sentence.” He also considered the fact that I have paid huge amount of Corporation Tax and VAT over the years that is why sentence was suspended.

I am sure those of my business friends will fully understand the pain of paying too much tax every year.

Mr Nwodo
HMRC is very good at saying that tax was evaded but they have failed to tell the public that this said businessman has paid up to £100,000 tax this year alone through VAT and Corporation Tax. All you racist people, how much tax have you paid this year?????? And I will say this categorically that I am NOT desperate to stay in a country where they practice racism and discrimination. I am a proud Nigerian Businessman any time and by the grace of God I will continue to be successful in everything I do. Yes His Honour Judge Richard Price, said: “You cannot steal £35,000 from the taxpayer and expect to walk away without sentence.” He also considered the fact that I have paid huge amount of Corporation Tax and VAT over the years that is why sentence was suspended. I am sure those of my business friends will fully understand the pain of paying too much tax every year. Mr Nwodo sawilliams

9:20am Sat 21 Dec 13

sawilliams says...

likewatchingbrazil wrote:
suspended for 2 years, lucky he was dealing in windows not pizza's, get the money off him and send him back to Nigeria. had his chance and blew it.
you are a big fool.

Who told you that i want to stay in a country where racist people like you exist.
[quote][p][bold]likewatchingbrazil[/bold] wrote: suspended for 2 years, lucky he was dealing in windows not pizza's, get the money off him and send him back to Nigeria. had his chance and blew it.[/p][/quote]you are a big fool. Who told you that i want to stay in a country where racist people like you exist. sawilliams

9:45am Sat 21 Dec 13

sawilliams says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Tax evasion is illegal unless you are an owner of a big corporation and mates with George Osbourne
or if you are the owner of Vodafone
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Tax evasion is illegal unless you are an owner of a big corporation and mates with George Osbourne[/p][/quote]or if you are the owner of Vodafone sawilliams

9:54am Sat 21 Dec 13

sawilliams says...

Georgethepie wrote:
Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss
Why do you think that Mr Nwodo want to be in the UK. Mr Nwodo is an intellectual self-made millionaire and as such he can make it anywhere in the world especially in his home country Nigeria.
[quote][p][bold]Georgethepie[/bold] wrote: Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss[/p][/quote]Why do you think that Mr Nwodo want to be in the UK. Mr Nwodo is an intellectual self-made millionaire and as such he can make it anywhere in the world especially in his home country Nigeria. sawilliams

10:25am Sat 21 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

"Why do you think that Mr Nwodo want to be in the UK. Mr Nwodo is an intellectual self-made millionaire and as such he can make it anywhere in the world especially in his home country Nigeria"
Well Mr Williams-Nwodo I can quite see that you'd prefer the company of Boko Haram to "rac-ist" neighbours in Hants. I can just see you enjoying their company, regaling them with tales of all the tax you've paid whilst they show you their collection of amputated human limbs.
"Why do you think that Mr Nwodo want to be in the UK. Mr Nwodo is an intellectual self-made millionaire and as such he can make it anywhere in the world especially in his home country Nigeria" Well Mr Williams-Nwodo I can quite see that you'd prefer the company of Boko Haram to "rac-ist" neighbours in Hants. I can just see you enjoying their company, regaling them with tales of all the tax you've paid whilst they show you their collection of amputated human limbs. Dai Rear

10:28am Sat 21 Dec 13

sawilliams says...

It is very important to recall that on the 11 October 2012 HMRC published that a businessman (Mr Nwodo) in Fareham has been charged with tax evasion for £140,000.

It is very shocking how it has now reduced from £140,000 to £35,000. If Mr Nwodo did not context and fight for justice and fair trail, He would have been convicted for £140,000 simply because he is a Black African Successful Businessman.

Mr Nwodo still stress that the matter should have been dealt with in a civil way as he had never disputed that the tax due is in the 35,000 from the start of the case. if Mr Nwodo was 'White' it would have been a civil matter but because he is 'Black', then he must be a criminal therefore he must be dealt with in a criminal court!!!!!
It is very important to recall that on the 11 October 2012 HMRC published that a businessman (Mr Nwodo) in Fareham has been charged with tax evasion for £140,000. It is very shocking how it has now reduced from £140,000 to £35,000. If Mr Nwodo did not context and fight for justice and fair trail, He would have been convicted for £140,000 simply because he is a Black African Successful Businessman. Mr Nwodo still stress that the matter should have been dealt with in a civil way as he had never disputed that the tax due is in the 35,000 from the start of the case. if Mr Nwodo was 'White' it would have been a civil matter but because he is 'Black', then he must be a criminal therefore he must be dealt with in a criminal court!!!!! sawilliams

10:41am Sat 21 Dec 13

sawilliams says...

MisterGrimsdale wrote:
A Nigerian? Guilty of a financial impropriety? Do my eyes deceive me? THis can't be true!
Of course it is a Nigerian. British or White people are saints they do NOT break the law.

Your Father!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: A Nigerian? Guilty of a financial impropriety? Do my eyes deceive me? THis can't be true![/p][/quote]Of course it is a Nigerian. British or White people are saints they do NOT break the law. Your Father!!!!! sawilliams

11:26am Sat 21 Dec 13

sawilliams says...

Georgethepie wrote:
Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss
Hey you racist,

Mr Nwodo have paid over £100,000 this year alone, how much have you paid???
[quote][p][bold]Georgethepie[/bold] wrote: Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss[/p][/quote]Hey you racist, Mr Nwodo have paid over £100,000 this year alone, how much have you paid??? sawilliams

11:29am Sat 21 Dec 13

sawilliams says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Tax evasion is illegal unless you are an owner of a big corporation and mates with George Osbourne
Well said by bigfella777
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Tax evasion is illegal unless you are an owner of a big corporation and mates with George Osbourne[/p][/quote]Well said by bigfella777 sawilliams

1:29pm Sat 21 Dec 13

NForester says...

Methinks he doth protest too much
Methinks he doth protest too much NForester

1:32pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

sawilliams wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Tax evasion is illegal unless you are an owner of a big corporation and mates with George Osbourne
Well said by bigfella777
It's illegal whoever you are. But people like Cameron, Clagg, Ostrich and Millipede who did Media Studies at college don't know the difference between "evasion" and "avoidance"
If Vodafone avoids giving cash to the State,50% of which will be wasted/misspent, then there's more divvi for pensioners like me, and by goodness, I don't waste or misspend any of what I get.
[quote][p][bold]sawilliams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Tax evasion is illegal unless you are an owner of a big corporation and mates with George Osbourne[/p][/quote]Well said by bigfella777[/p][/quote]It's illegal whoever you are. But people like Cameron, Clagg, Ostrich and Millipede who did Media Studies at college don't know the difference between "evasion" and "avoidance" If Vodafone avoids giving cash to the State,50% of which will be wasted/misspent, then there's more divvi for pensioners like me, and by goodness, I don't waste or misspend any of what I get. Dai Rear

10:42pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Georgethepie says...

sawilliams wrote:
Georgethepie wrote:
Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss
Why do you think that Mr Nwodo want to be in the UK. Mr Nwodo is an intellectual self-made millionaire and as such he can make it anywhere in the world especially in his home country Nigeria.
Fine then let him go and make his money and avoid tax in another country. I don't want him deported due to his colour I want him deported because he's a Nigerian law breaker costing us tax payers money.
[quote][p][bold]sawilliams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgethepie[/bold] wrote: Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss[/p][/quote]Why do you think that Mr Nwodo want to be in the UK. Mr Nwodo is an intellectual self-made millionaire and as such he can make it anywhere in the world especially in his home country Nigeria.[/p][/quote]Fine then let him go and make his money and avoid tax in another country. I don't want him deported due to his colour I want him deported because he's a Nigerian law breaker costing us tax payers money. Georgethepie

11:57am Sun 22 Dec 13

Georgethepie says...

sawilliams wrote:
Georgethepie wrote:
Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss
Hey you racist,

Mr Nwodo have paid over £100,000 this year alone, how much have you paid???
I paid on time what I was required to pay by the laws of the land. Unlike Mr Nwodo which probably explains why he's a millionaire ( Your words ) and I'm not.
If that makes me a racist ( again your words ) then I guess I must be.
The fact remains he's a Nigerian law breaker who received a soft sentence. Maybe as your making the point about colour and race rather than the fact he broke the law you are in fact the racist and not me.
As for you asking why he came to Britain I can't answer that question as I'm not versed on the travel habits of Mr Nwondo, maybe he likes the weather here or sees Britain as a better place to do business. Perhaps maybe he sees Britain as a better place to commit crime with softer sentences all these things are only guesses I'm afraid. The fact remains he broke the law and as such in my view should have been deported for his actions after paying back the money he robbed from the UK economy.
[quote][p][bold]sawilliams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgethepie[/bold] wrote: Should be deported back to Nigeria.... Once again soft sentence it's not like he failed to return his tax return. This is years of taking the p*ss[/p][/quote]Hey you racist, Mr Nwodo have paid over £100,000 this year alone, how much have you paid???[/p][/quote]I paid on time what I was required to pay by the laws of the land. Unlike Mr Nwodo which probably explains why he's a millionaire ( Your words ) and I'm not. If that makes me a racist ( again your words ) then I guess I must be. The fact remains he's a Nigerian law breaker who received a soft sentence. Maybe as your making the point about colour and race rather than the fact he broke the law you are in fact the racist and not me. As for you asking why he came to Britain I can't answer that question as I'm not versed on the travel habits of Mr Nwondo, maybe he likes the weather here or sees Britain as a better place to do business. Perhaps maybe he sees Britain as a better place to commit crime with softer sentences all these things are only guesses I'm afraid. The fact remains he broke the law and as such in my view should have been deported for his actions after paying back the money he robbed from the UK economy. Georgethepie

12:35pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Georgethepie says...

sawilliams wrote:
It is very important to recall that on the 11 October 2012 HMRC published that a businessman (Mr Nwodo) in Fareham has been charged with tax evasion for £140,000.

It is very shocking how it has now reduced from £140,000 to £35,000. If Mr Nwodo did not context and fight for justice and fair trail, He would have been convicted for £140,000 simply because he is a Black African Successful Businessman.

Mr Nwodo still stress that the matter should have been dealt with in a civil way as he had never disputed that the tax due is in the 35,000 from the start of the case. if Mr Nwodo was 'White' it would have been a civil matter but because he is 'Black', then he must be a criminal therefore he must be dealt with in a criminal court!!!!!
Roll out the racist card. HES A LAW BREAKER
[quote][p][bold]sawilliams[/bold] wrote: It is very important to recall that on the 11 October 2012 HMRC published that a businessman (Mr Nwodo) in Fareham has been charged with tax evasion for £140,000. It is very shocking how it has now reduced from £140,000 to £35,000. If Mr Nwodo did not context and fight for justice and fair trail, He would have been convicted for £140,000 simply because he is a Black African Successful Businessman. Mr Nwodo still stress that the matter should have been dealt with in a civil way as he had never disputed that the tax due is in the 35,000 from the start of the case. if Mr Nwodo was 'White' it would have been a civil matter but because he is 'Black', then he must be a criminal therefore he must be dealt with in a criminal court!!!!![/p][/quote]Roll out the racist card. HES A LAW BREAKER Georgethepie

1:57am Mon 23 Dec 13

Georgethepie says...

sawilliams wrote:
It is very important to recall that on the 11 October 2012 HMRC published that a businessman (Mr Nwodo) in Fareham has been charged with tax evasion for £140,000.

It is very shocking how it has now reduced from £140,000 to £35,000. If Mr Nwodo did not context and fight for justice and fair trail, He would have been convicted for £140,000 simply because he is a Black African Successful Businessman.

Mr Nwodo still stress that the matter should have been dealt with in a civil way as he had never disputed that the tax due is in the 35,000 from the start of the case. if Mr Nwodo was 'White' it would have been a civil matter but because he is 'Black', then he must be a criminal therefore he must be dealt with in a criminal court!!!!!
And you called me racist!!!! Pot calling kettle I think chum
[quote][p][bold]sawilliams[/bold] wrote: It is very important to recall that on the 11 October 2012 HMRC published that a businessman (Mr Nwodo) in Fareham has been charged with tax evasion for £140,000. It is very shocking how it has now reduced from £140,000 to £35,000. If Mr Nwodo did not context and fight for justice and fair trail, He would have been convicted for £140,000 simply because he is a Black African Successful Businessman. Mr Nwodo still stress that the matter should have been dealt with in a civil way as he had never disputed that the tax due is in the 35,000 from the start of the case. if Mr Nwodo was 'White' it would have been a civil matter but because he is 'Black', then he must be a criminal therefore he must be dealt with in a criminal court!!!!![/p][/quote]And you called me racist!!!! Pot calling kettle I think chum Georgethepie

9:34pm Mon 23 Dec 13

danny4dmasses says...

It was published here in daily echo on 11 October 2012 that,
“A Hampshire businessman has been charged with 18 tax evasion offences estimated at £140,000. Chukwudi Daniel Nwodo, 28, was charged at Fareham police station yesterday, following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). He has been charged with 18 tax evasion offences – six for VAT evasion; six for Income Tax evasion and six for National Insurance evasion. Mr Nwodo, of Catisfield Road, Fareham, has been released on bail until October 31, when he is due to appear at Fareham Magistrates’ Court. Investigations are ongoing”

It is very surprising how all of a sudden the monies have reduced from £140,000 to £35,000. It seems like HMRC are now becoming very generous to tax payers.

But the fact still remain that Mr Nwodo had never disputed that he owes £35,000 tax which he had almost paid off. This is supposed to be a civil matter so why was it taken to a criminal court? Is it because of the colour of his skin or is it because the money was not paid on time?

It is also important to bear in mind that Mr Nwodo has paid over £100,000 tax within the last 2 years through his business.
It was published here in daily echo on 11 October 2012 that, “A Hampshire businessman has been charged with 18 tax evasion offences estimated at £140,000. Chukwudi Daniel Nwodo, 28, was charged at Fareham police station yesterday, following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). He has been charged with 18 tax evasion offences – six for VAT evasion; six for Income Tax evasion and six for National Insurance evasion. Mr Nwodo, of Catisfield Road, Fareham, has been released on bail until October 31, when he is due to appear at Fareham Magistrates’ Court. Investigations are ongoing” It is very surprising how all of a sudden the monies have reduced from £140,000 to £35,000. It seems like HMRC are now becoming very generous to tax payers. But the fact still remain that Mr Nwodo had never disputed that he owes £35,000 tax which he had almost paid off. This is supposed to be a civil matter so why was it taken to a criminal court? Is it because of the colour of his skin or is it because the money was not paid on time? It is also important to bear in mind that Mr Nwodo has paid over £100,000 tax within the last 2 years through his business. danny4dmasses

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