Scotland: Potato merchant found guilty of £161,000 VAT fraud

Scott CouplandA Perthshire potato merchant has been found guilty of committing a £161,000 tax evasion. Scott Coupland was found guilty by a jury after a four day trial at Perth Sheriff Court. Coupland, 48, of Crieff, made two false VAT repayment claims between March 2011 and November 2012. He claimed his computer had crashed and he had lost vital information which meant his VAT returns ended up being for the wrong amounts. But the jury found him guilty on two charges of being “knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of Value Added Tax”. A trial heard that Coupland, sole director of WDR Coupland (Produce) Ltd, aroused suspicion because of the large sums he claimed to have made in net value sales. More