Published: 12:00, 01 December 2017
| Updated: 12:45, 01 December 2017
A Kent shooting club owner will have to sell a large chunk of his impressive portfolio after dodging £1.3million in tax.
Millionaire Peter Duffield is eight months into a four-year sentence after being convicted of cheating the public revenue in March.
The 62-year-old, who owns Dartford Clays and Sports Club in Joyce Green Lane, failed to submit a single tax return on his earnings between 2007 and 2014, claiming he wasn’t a “paperwork person.”
He also reportedly told investigators he was distracted by a bid to turn his shooting club into an Olympic venue for the 2012 games.
An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) also found the haulage business owner kept the profits from the sale of three properties quiet.
Now Duffield, of Crofton Lane, Orpington, has been ordered to pay back £1.2m within three months or serve a further eight years in prison and still owe the money.
This means the gun enthusiast – who also owns property in Saltash Road, Welling and land at Trunks Alley, Swanley – faces selling his club, which is worth an estimated £5m.
Nicol Sheppard, assistant director of HMRC’s fraud investigation service, said: “Crime really doesn’t pay. We’re determined to recover stolen tax from criminals who think they can steal from the public purse and get away with it.
“This confiscation order shows that we don’t stop once someone has been jailed, but our actions continue until we have deprived criminals of their illegal profits. This recovered cash will be directed to where it should have been - toward funding vital public services.”
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