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Porthcawl woman jailed for tax scam

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A 48 year-old woman from Porthcawl has been jailed for 4 years after stealing £280k from businesses.

Joanne Hughes set up her own accountancy firm to look after tax matters for clients and be their “accountant”.

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Instead, Hughes deceitfully tricked three firms into a tax payment scam.

From 2014-2018, Hughes stole £280,000 from three small businesses, reassuring them their payments were for HMRC when they were in fact being paid into her own bank accounts and not being sent on.

The 48 year-old pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud and was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday (4 November).

Hughes was jailed for four years.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Parry from South Wales Police said: “Hughes preyed on her victims, some of whom deemed her as a friend, because she thought would get away with it.

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“It was a truly callous series of frauds committed against people who should have been able to trust an accountant to act in their best financial interests.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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