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Hotelier Jailed for Two Years for VAT Fraud

Lesley Dykes, owner of Crusoe Hotel in Lower Largo and Dunnikier House Hotel in Kirkcaldy, has been jailed for two years following a £380,000 VAT fraud.

It was revealed that between August 2011 and July 2014 she had submitted false tax returns for the hotels and failed to submit any tax returns between August 2014 and July 2016. This led to Ms Dykes evading £380,000 in tax.

Procurator Fiscal Sineidin Corrins stated:

“The investigation into Lesley Dykes’ fraudulent activity was complex and lengthy. The sentence should serve as a warning to others who seek to steal from the public purse.”

“We will continue to work in partnership with HMRC to ensure those who seek to profit from VAT fraud are brought to justice.”

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