A warning has been issued to would-be tax fraudsters, after a Kirkcaldy builder was jailed for seven months.
Shaun Dryburgh, 28, tried to steal more than £31,000 and was snared after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs.
At Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court last Thursday, Dryburgh, of Valley Gardens, admitted fraudulently reclaiming almost £14,000. Tax officers stopped a further £17,000 of fraudulent repayments.
Anne Marie Gordon, HMRC criminal investigation assistant director, said: “Anyone attempting to commit this type of crime should be aware, HMRC are determined to pursue and bring fraudsters like Dryburgh before the courts.
“The message is clear: if you choose to defraud the tax system or seek to evade tax, you face not only a heavy fine but possibly a criminal prosecution as well, regardless of whether you are successful in your attempt.”
Dryburgh falsified self-assessment tax returns between April 2012 and June 2013.