A self-employed salesman, who stole almost £90,000 from the taxpayer, has been jailed for 18 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Anthony Lewis, from Gamston, went door to door selling short-term loans and collecting repayments, earning £350,000 in commission. But the 65-year-old never registered with HMRC for Self Assessment and failed to pay Income Tax and National Insurance between November 2008 and May 2014.

Stuart Taylor, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“Lewis’ earnings came solely through commission and he knew full well he should have paid the tax due. HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and he is now paying the price for his dishonesty.

“Those who deliberately choose to evade their taxes will be prosecuted, which is why we ask anyone with information about this type of crime to contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Lewis pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of Income Tax and was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Nottingham Crown Court today.