FATHER AND SON tax fugitives Brian Colwell, 76 and Jamie Colwell, 51 were arrested at a property in Benidorm and returned to the UK to serve prison sentences after defrauding £1 million (€1.13 million).
They had been sentenced in their absence having left England earlier this year, one by light aircraft to France and the other by ferry before both heading for a secret hideaway in Spain.
The Colwells were tracked down by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators and their overseas partners to a villa near Benidorm, where they were arrested by Guardia Civil officers on the evening of May 9, 2018.
The pair of property developers together with Jamie’s former partner Briony James, 45, had claimed to have spent £14 million (€16 million) building new houses, to fraudulently claim VAT repayments totalling £965,897 (€1.1 million), but a HMRC investigation revealed not a single brick had been laid.
Both were returned to Bournemouth on Wednesday afternoon and appeared in court yesterday (Thursday) when it was confirmed that the father would start his two year and eight month jail term whilst his son will serve five years and three months
The judge confirmed that future sentencing will take place for the breach of bail and HMRC are in the process of attempting to confiscate certain property belonging to the fraudsters.