Thursday 27 July 2017

Security boss jailed for €1.6m tax fraud

Conor Gallagher and Declan Brennan

A campaigner for security industry reform who defrauded €1.6m from the Revenue has been jailed for two years.

Gary Wynne (38) avoided paying tax on more than €4m in income by claiming to transfer his VAT inclusive invoices to a fictitious company, rendering his company, Loganroy Security Ltd, VAT neutral.

Wynne, of Kellystown Lane, Leixlip, Kildare, provided door staff to many well-known Dublin premises, including Vicar Street and Eamon Dorans.

Judge Patricia Ryan said there were mitigating factors including his early guilty plea and €30,000 handed into court by Wynne in "remorse".

She imposed a concurrent sentence of three years with one year suspended for each of 10 counts of tax evasion between 1997 and 2003.

Loganroy Security Ltd, of Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin, also pleaded guilty to the offences and Judge Ryan imposed a €10,000 fine on each count.

The court previously heard Wynne lobbied the Government for the establishment of the Private Security Authority to "professionalise" the industry.

Irish Independent

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