£400,000 tax cheats told to pay back £70,000 and £1 respectively

The trial is ongoing at Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER

The trial is ongoing at Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER - Credit: Archant

A couple jailed for failing to pay more than £400,000 tax have been ordered to pay back £70,000 and £1 respectively.

Leslie Saxby and Gisele Dineur ran a vintage clothing and bespoke tailoring business with a warehouse in Ipswich and a shop in London.

Mother-of-two Dineur, 41, of Hill House Lane, Needham Market, and Saxby, 68, formerly of London but now living with his wife, admitted cheating the public revenue by failing to pay VAT, corporation tax, income tax, PAYE tax and national insurance contributions.

Today (Friday) they were back in court for a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Saxby had available assets of £70,000 and a confiscation order was made in that sum.


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The court heard that Dineur had no available assets and a nominal £1 confiscation order was made in her case.

In October they were each jailed for two years and six months and disqualified from being company directors for 10 years.

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The amount of tax involved in respect of Dineur was £254,000 and £171,000 for Saxby, a total of £426,000.

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