A SHERIFF has deferred sentence on the wife of a Sutherland joiner who defrauded HMRC of £70,000 to allow her to repay the cash.
Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood heard at Inverness Sheriff Court today that Wendy Gunn had placed her own house on the market and a house she inherited from her mother was in the process of being sold.
Gunn, at a previous court, had admitted submitting false VAT returns on her husband’s behalf.
She had been warned by Sheriff Fleetwood she could be facing jail for the offence.
Gunn (61) of Buena Vista, Rearquhar, Dornoch, confessed to police that the figures she declared were made up when she and her husband James were cautioned and interviewed by HMRC Officers.
She admitted submitting the false returns between January 1, 2010, and December 30, 2014, and obtaining £70,000 by fraud.
Willie Young, solicitor said today that sentencing would clearly depend on restitution being made and there was reference in background reports to her marketing her home.
But Mr Young said there was also mention of a house from her mother which was being sold.
Sheriff Fleetwood deferred sentence until May 11 to see if the sale goes through.