Weston fraudster must pay back almost £50k or return to jail

The order was made at Bristol Crown Court. Picture: Archant

The order was made at Bristol Crown Court. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

A Weston-super-Mare fraudster who conned the tax man out tens of thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay back his ill-gotten gains.

David Weller, aged 63, was jailed last year for evading more than £83,000 in tax by failing to submit income tax returns and company VAT returns to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Weller, who lived in Addicott Road and was jailed for 18 months in May 2018, was recently released from prison and will serve the remainder of his sentence on licence.

But Weller was told at Bristol Crown Court on April 23 he must pay out almost £49,000 to HMRC by July 22 or he will be sent back behind bars.

A HMRC spokesman said: “He has been given a default prison sentence and faces a further 10 months imprisonment if he does not comply.

“If the default sentence is served the order for repayment remains and he will still owe the money.”

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