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Farnham mum jailed for evading tax which she spent on children's school fees

Huey Jun Khoo

Published by Josh Kerr at 6:00am 14th May 2019. (Updated at 8:23am 14th May 2019)

A woman from Farnham who used stolen VAT money to pay her children’s school fees has been jailed.

Former Bon East restaurant owner Huey Jun Khoo, along with her then-business partner Jing Fu, used an off-the-record card machine at the Bon East Chinese restaurant in Farnham to pocket £180,000 in VAT over four years.

Khoo and Fu were caught after HMRC officers made a surprise visit in May 2015 and found two card reading machines – one linked to a business bank account and the other to a bank account which Khoo had opened in the name of one of the restaurant’s chefs.

Customer payments made into the ‘chef’ account were never declared to HMRC, to evade paying VAT.

Following the HMRC visit, the pair burned the business records in a failed bid to hide their crimes.

Khoo, and her husband Yong Hong Lu, both of Old Compton Lane, Farnham, used the stolen cash for school fees, designer clothes and holidays.

Two documents which Khoo kept were discovered at her home in April 2016.  Investigators also found £12,000 in cash hidden in a wardrobe in the couple’s home.

Khoo, 50, admitted evading VAT, money laundering and perverting the course of justice.

Fu, 49, admitted money laundering and perverting the course of justice. Lu, 51, was convicted of money laundering.

Yong Hong Lu
Yong Hong Lu was jailed for two years.

All three defendants appeared at Southwark Crown Court on May 10, where they were sentenced to:

  • Huey Jun Khoo: 3 years and 9 months in prison. Disqualified as a director for 6 years.
  • Yong Hong Lu: 2 years in prison.
  • Jing Fu: 7 months in prison, suspended for 2 years. 120 hours of unpaid community work.

The £12,000 cash found at the couple’s home was forfeited. HMRC will be pursuing action to recover the rest of the stolen money.

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