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Irish builders merchant guilty of tax fraud

A builders’ merchant from Dungannon in Northern Ireland has pleaded guilty to 17 years of income tax and VAT fraud.

Patrick Gerard Small pleaded guilty in Belfast Crown Court to two counts of cheating The Queen, HM Revenue and Customs commissioners and Inland Revenue.

Prosecuting QC Stephen Fowler asked that a remaining 27 counts be “left on the books” and that confiscation proceedings be postponed until November.

Earlier this year Small’s wife Mary Elizabeth, of the same address, also pleaded to a series of fraud charges including three of cheating public revenue and 11 of false accounting.

Small has been released on continuing bail and adjourned passing sentence on the pair until November.

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