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John Ojakovoh and Mark Sookram secure convictions in tax fraud trial at Luton Crown Court

John Ojakovoh (Leader) and Mark Sookram (Junior) prosecuted for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in a trial at Luton Crown Court arising from an HMRC investigation into fraudulent Gift Aid claims made by the charity for which the defendant had acted as Pastor and Chair of Trustees. The charity had submitted claims for Gift Aid tax repayments totalling more than £150,000 based on what were shown to be false accounts of donations said to have been received by the charity. The defendant was found Guilty of Fraud by Abuse of Position and Money Laundering after an eight-day trial notable for the large volume of banking, financial and documentary evidence presented in “digestible” form within a relatively short time. He was sentenced to a total of four years’ imprisonment.

Further background on the case can be found by clicking on the follwoing articles;

https://www.accountancydaily.co/church-leader-jailed-ps150k-gift-aid-fraud

https://www.lutontoday.co.uk/news/luton-church-leader-jailed-after-150k-gift-aid-fraud-1-8437741

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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