A SHAMED former councillor who submitted false invoices to the taxman in a failed bid to get a VAT refund has been jailed for four months.
Gordon Beurskens will start serving the new sentence in September this year once he completes an 18-month jail term he is currently serving for embezzlement.
Beurskens, 51, once West Lothian Council’s Action to Save St. John’s Hospital member for Whitburn and Blackburn, admitted being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of Value Added Tax over a five-month period to March 3, 2011.
He pled guilty at Livingston Sheriff Court to attempting to obtain a £4000 refund from HMRC by submitting false invoices for work he claimed had been done for his financial firm ABW Consultants (Scotland) Ltd.
The Crown accepted not guilty pleas from Beurskens in relation to two other VAT evasion charges involving a total of £25,000.
Brian Robertson, prosecuting, said VAT officers had found four entries supported by false documentation in a claim submitted by Beurskens.