Jail for fraudster

a PRESTWICK woman has been jailed for 16 months at Ayr Sheriff Court after fraudulently claiming nearly £60,00 in tax refunds.

Elizabeth Gibson, 58, from Adamton Road North in Prestwick, had pleaded guilty to submitting a series of fraudulent repayment tax claims for fictitious investment transactions worth £58,042.

An investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) found that Gibson, a member of staff who has since been dismissed, had used varying names as both a claimant or appointed agent in order to reclaim tax on investment income, allegedly deducted by the financial institution.

Ian Horridge, Senior Manager in Internal Governance for HMRC said: “HMRC expects the highest standards of behaviour from its staff and we will vigorously pursue anyone who abuses the trust that we have placed in them.

“In addition to Mrs Gibson’s prosecution we have taken action to ensure that the money which she fraudulently obtained is repaid in full.”