Somerset PR adviser Richard Hillgrove found guilty of £93,000 tax fraud

A public relations adviser has been convicted of failing to pay £93,000 in VAT and National Insurance contributions.

Richard Hillgrove, 42, of Somerton, Somerset, had denied cheating the public revenue over a 12-month period.

Bristol Crown Court heard money that should have been paid to HM Revenue & Customs was instead used for "extravagant" purchases.

Hillgrove said he "always intended to pay" and would appeal.

During the trial the jury was told that Hillgrove had pocketed £52,000 of VAT, charged to his customers, and £41,000 in taxes deducted from his employees' wages in 2011 and 2012.

He spent the money on hotels, restaurants and school fees.

Hillgrove is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Following the trial, he said "complicating factors and inconsistencies" in the prosecution evidence had been confusing for the jury.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Somerset



20 °C 14 °C


  • Shiny bootsMarching orders

    Where does the phrase 'boots on the ground' come from?

  • Almaz cleaning floorAlmaz's prison

    Beaten and raped - the story of an African servant in Saudi Arabia

  • Train drawn by Jonathan Backhouse, 1825The first trainspotter

    Did this drawing mark the start of a misunderstood hobby?

  • MarijuanaHigh tech

    The start-ups hoping to transform the marijuana industry

  • Child eating ice creamTooth top tips

    Experts on ways to encourage children to look after their teeth

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.