The tax authorities accused him of having failed to declare the turnover achieved by his company in 2018 and 2019. In Argentan, in the Orne, the manager of a building company was convicted of tax evasion, Tuesday February 1 . A fraud which related to 731,000 euros, according to the president of the judicial court, quoted by West France. This sum corresponds to the turnover of the two missing years mentioned by the tax authorities. The 57-year-old man was found guilty as charged and sentenced to one year in prison.
The defendant was not a stranger to justice. In the past, he had already received several convictions for acts of fraud, the most recent of which sent him behind bars for four years. The case judged at the beginning of February 2022 concerned the company he had created in 2017 and placed in compulsory liquidation in 2020. In court, the fifty-year-old claimed to have finished with the business world: “The management of ‘a society is over for me.
The man was also accused of having used the Recognized Guarantor of the Environment (RGE) label when he did not have permission. At the helm, he explained that his teams had taken “all the steps to obtain certification”, but that he had wanted to promote it before any official award. The entrepreneur finally had to explain himself on deposits of customer checks for a total amount of 55,000 euros on the bank accounts of him and his wife, specifies the regional daily. By way of justification, the man mentioned a need to “buy materials” with this money while waiting for his new accountant to release his cash.
These accounting concerns are not unrelated to the case: according to Ouest-France, between 2017 and 2019, the accountants succeeded each other in the company. The president mentioned “a date error that has never been regularized” and the absence of a declaration of turnover for the year 2019. In his defense, the fifty-year-old has repeatedly claimed to be “a good employee, but a very bad boss”. The “catastrophic management of the company” was also raised by the deputy prosecutor, who also did not fail to underline its consequences on tax evasion, misuse of corporate assets and concealed work. In addition to the conviction of the defendant, his wife received a six-month suspended prison sentence for concealment of corporate assets.
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