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ISLE OF WIGHT HOTELIER JAILED FOR £350,000 VAT FRAUD


Isle of Wight hotelier Martin Hill, who lied about his takings to evade tax, has been jailed for 30 months.

Hill, 51, pocketed £350,000 by lying about the number of bookings at The Burlington (Sandown) and Shanklin Beach (Shanklin) hotels, an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed.

The fraudster, who lives in Calle la Font del Salmitre, Sant Joan d’Alacant, Alicante, Spain, under-declared sales for the 2 hotels between March 2014 to April 2016 and pocketed the VAT he charged guests.

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Ben Moore, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“Hill lied to steal and cheat honest taxpayers. Instead of enjoying the proceeds of his crime, he will now be spending time behind bars.

“Tax fraud steals money from our public services such as hospitals and schools. Anyone with information about suspected tax fraud can report it to HMRC online or call our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

The Burlington Hotel in Sandown

Hill was arrested in September 2016 following searches at his home and hotels, with investigators seizing computers, business and personal records.

On 15th April 2019, at Southwark Crown Court, Hill pleaded guilty to 3 charges of VAT evasion. He was sentenced to 30 months in jail on Monday (10th June) at the same court, and banned as a director for 7 years.

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Hill is known to be a director of Meadowden Consulting Limited.

Shanklin Beach Hotel has been under new ownership since June 2017.

Confiscation proceedings are under way to recover the stolen money.

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Vic
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Vic

He still owns and runs the Burlington. I hope people now boycott this hotel and stop this greedy scab from just sitting out the next year and then continuing where he left off.

Andrea
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Andrea

He stole our money from 6 of us when we booked at the Shanklin beach hotel. The new owners were brilliant & tried there best to accommodate us. Horrid bloke got wat he deserved!!

Darren street
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Darren street

My mother-in-law stopped at the Burlington Hotel a few weeks ago and my wife went to pick her up, a vile bloke came out of the hotel less than 1 minute after my wife had pulled in, he said “are you a guest of the hotel” she replied “no” he then said “move the car” she said I’m picking up my parents they are stopping here” he replied “well move it or I’ll get you clamped ! “ As for the hotel my in-laws said it was outdated dirty and the food was like a Butlins holiday camp maybe the fraudster should have invested at least half of it obviously ill gotten gains into revamping this outdated hotel which is a clear reason that outdated shabby hotels are clearly not an attraction for tourists

Amy
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Amy

Butlins food is nice though!

Theresa
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Theresa

My family and me love the food at Butlins! Went last month

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