A prominent campaigner for reform of the security industry who defrauded over €1.6 million from the Revenue has been jailed for two years.
Gary Wynne (38) avoided paying tax on over €4 million in income by claiming to transfer his VAT inclusive invoices to a fictitious company, rendering his company, Loganroy Security Ltd, VAT neutral.
Wynne provided door staff to many well-known Dublin premises including Vicar Street and Eamon Dorans.
Prosecuting counsel, Dominic McGinn SC, said that Wynne owes a total of €1,670,207 to the Revenue, including €759,000 in back taxes and another €911,207 in interest.
Judge Patricia Ryan said that his early guilty plea, lack of previous convictions and €30,000 handed into court by Wynne as a “practical expression of remorse” were mitigating factors against the maximum allowable penalty of five years imprisonment.
She imposed a concurrent sentence of three years with one year suspended for each of ten counts of tax evasion.