A LONDON GP who under-declared his income by £700,000 in a tax fraud has been sentenced to 200 hours community service following an HM Revenue & Customs probe.
Khaled Yasin, 64, of Windmill Road, Ealing was paid £1.3m for his work as a forensic medical examiner for the Metropolitan Police over an 11year period. But he only paid tax on £655,955 of that money, deftly avoiding a £300,000 tax bill. He also owes £50,000 in interest.
Isleworth Crown Court heard how the fraud took place between April 2002 and April 2011, during which time Yasin also worked as a GP for a health centre in Brentford, West London.
The crooked GP was found guilty of eight charges of cheating the public revenue and was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete a 200 hour community punishment order.
David Margree, assistant director, criminal investigation, HMRC, said: “Yasin thought he could get away with the fraud because he had declared some of his earnings – he was wrong. This was a serious breach of Yasin’s professional standards. Had he come forward in 2010, and used the voluntary disclosure campaign to put his financial affairs in order, he could have avoided a criminal record and serious damage to his reputation.”
In 2010, HMRC launched a campaign encouraging doctors and other medical professionals to declare their unpaid tax under more favourable terms. Those affected had until June 2010 to come forward. To date the campaign has raised over £64m.
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