An Ayrshire recycling consultant, who stole more than £300,000 in tax, has been jailed after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

John Hamill, 53, of Stewarton, traded as a sole proprietor for GH Consulting from his home in McCardel Way. Between April 2006 and 2014 Hamill made profits of over £1.3 million and failed to pay any Income Tax.

Until his arrest in July 2014, Hamill, also known as Gerry, stole a total of £309,941.95. He pleaded guilty to Income Tax fraud at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on 3 April 2018 and was sentenced to 21 months in jail at the same court on Friday. Hamill has since paid back £56,000 of the fraud.

Joe Hendry, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“Hamill failed to register for Self Assessment and used the stolen tax to fund his lifestyle. This was money that should have been funding vital public services.

“Tax fraud is a serious crime and I ask anyone with information about those who may be involved to call our fraud hotline on 0800 788 887 or contact us online.”