Tax-dodging Everton fan arrested at Goodison Park

Damian O'Hagan
Damian O'Hagan
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An Everton scammed £91,700 from the taxman then fled to Benidorm has been jailed after he returned to the UK to watch his beloved team.

Damian O’Hagan was found guilty of failing to pay his VAT.

The 60-year-old was a director of Foodservice Interim Management Limited and kept the value added tax he had charged on client between 2009 and 2014.

When he realised the HM Revenue and Customs were on to him, he fled to the Spanish resort.

He open a bar but couldn’t resist returning to watch his favourite team play in August 2015.

O’Hagan, from Norris Green, was arrested at the turnstile as he tried to enter the ground.

Sandra Smith, assistant director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “O’Hagan knew his business transactions were under scrutiny and the game was up.

“This was one match he wasn’t going to win. He chose to pocket the VAT he had collected from his client, at the expense of UK taxpayers and because of his dishonesty he has been jailed today.

“He now faces a full confiscation hearing to recover the money he stole from the public purse. If you know of anyone who is committing tax fraud you can report them by calling our 24-hour Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

O’Hagan was sentenced to 18 months jail after pleading guilty to VAT fraud at Liverpool Crown Court during an earlier hearing in December.