A doctor has narrowly escaped jail after being caught lying about £640,000 worth of income.
Khaled Yasin, 64, from Ealing has been sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years.and ordered to complete a 200 hour community punishment order.
The defendant was sentenced on Friday, November 14 at Isleworth Crown Court.
Mr Yasin under-declared his income by £640,000 after being paid a total of £1.3 million for his work as a Forensic Medical Examiner for the Met police over an eleven year period.
After an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) it was found that he only paid tax on £655,955 of that money, which meant he avoided a £300,000 tax bill, on top of which he also owes £50,000 in interest.
The evasion was discovered as part of the HMRC Tax Health Plan campaign to tackle undeclared tax and income from doctors and dentists.
David Margree, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “Yasin thought he could get away with the fraud because he had declared some of his earnings – he was wrong. This was a serious breach of Yasin’s professional standards. Had he come forward in 2010, and used the voluntary disclosure campaign to put his financial affairs in order, he could have avoided a criminal record and serious damage to his reputation.”
The fraud took place between April 2002 and April 2011. During this time Yasin also worked as a GP for a health centre in Brentford, Hounslow.
Mr Yasin of Pickering House, Windmill Road, Ealing, was found guilty of eight charges of cheating the public revenue contrary to common law.
In 2010, HMRC launched a campaign encouraging doctors and other medical professionals to declare their unpaid tax under more favourable terms.
Those affected had until June 2010 to come forward. To date the campaign has raised total revenue of over £64m.