Search

Brentwood siblings jailed for £350,000 tax cheat

07:00 19 May 2014

Barbados. Picture: PA/Rui Vieira

Barbados. Picture: PA/Rui Vieira

PA Archive/Press Association Images

A brother and sister from Brentwood who cheated the taxman out of £350,000 and blew the cash on a holiday in the Caribbean have each been jailed for 18 months.

Matthew, 29, and Rebecca Kania, 31, splashed out on a lavish break in Barbados while wining and dining clients at top restaurants.

They were directors of Embassy Scaffolding Services but set up “buffer companies” so they could take staff off the payroll and pocketed income tax and national insurance contributions.

Between September 2008 and June 2013 the Kanias made hundreds of thousands of pounds from 25 employees who thought they were paying their taxes to HMRC but were in fact lining their employers’ pockets.

Judge Nicholas Huskinson, sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court, told the pair: “I have thought very hard about whether this can be suspended but in my judgement this was a serious fraud carried out over a long time and a large amount of money was taken.

“I would be failing in my public duty if I did not send you immediately to custody.”

Relatives of the family were horrified to see the pair, who had been embracing throughout the hearing, be sentenced to prison.

Rebecca Kania, of Ongar Road, sobbed as she was led to the cells while her brother, of Queens Road, said tearfully: “I love you mum.”

Christopher Gillespie, defending the Kania’s, said: ‘It is accepted that some of the money went on high living but mainly for the benefit of Matthew rather than Rebecca.

“I would submit their lifestyle was improved rather than lavish.”

The pair pleaded guilty to a single count of cheating the public revenue.

Read more:

Couple in their 70s guilty of £140,000 benefit fraud including claim in Brentwood

Brentwood benefits cheat must return taxpayers money

Latest Romford News Stories

40-years-ago

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Yesterday, 12:00
Charlie Condou and Victoria Yeates in The Crucible

You may not think a play written in the ‘50s about witch trials in the 17th century would have much in common with today’s audiences.

Yesterday, 10:00
Marion James and reporter Ryan Tute discussing the work that went into getting everything together. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

People have the chance to delve deep into the police’s archives following the launch of a new exhibition featuring some never-before-seen documents and artefacts.

Fri, 17:31
Dennis Kutyauripo, 22, says he

The older brother of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death by his former friend, has said he “feels sorry” for the killer.

Fri, 17:00
From left, Havering Council's head of clinical practice Dave Tapsell, director of children's services  Tim Aldridge, and Robert South head of care resources

Despite Ofsted inspectors rating a vulnerable children’s service as requiring improvement, its department head remains optimistic.

Fri, 16:50
A man was robbed at knifepoint earlier today outside Tesco Extra, Rainham. Picture: Havering MPS Twitter

A man is in police custody after a male was robbed at knifepoint.

Fri, 16:11
Diana award winner Kieran Goodwin in his home

This week, Romford’s Kieran Goodwin, chief executive of youth charity World Youth Organisation (WYO) which celebrated its first anniversary, picked his top 10 all-time favourite tunes.

Fri, 15:01
Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, was murdered in Woodford Bridge. Photo: @MostAuthentic

A 17-year-old boy was today convicted of stabbing his former friend to death outside a birthday party, just over a year after the incident.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now