Anton Lane looks at a case where ‘the Pizza Guy’ didn’t know that HMRC can obtain information from merchant acquirers.
The Pizza Guy was caught because HMRC has powers to collect data from merchant acquirers. They have a lot of other powers too, and in this case HMRC wanted to send a strong deterrent message to the wider public, resulting in the pizza guy being sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. While we expect the wardens and other inmates will be pleased at the canteen improvements and revised eat-in menu, the Pizza Guy could have easily protected himself from prosecution.
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