Consultant is ordered to pay a £200,000 fine
A Wimbledon heart specialist, who lied about his income to avoid paying Income Tax and National Insurance was yesterday (October 2) ordered to pay a fine of £200,000 within 28 days or face two-and-a-half years in prison.
Professor Raad Mohiaddin, a consultant radiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital and a professor of cardiovascular imaging at the National Heart and Lung Institute Imperial College London, lied for eight years about his earnings from private practice to avoid paying almost £410,000 to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which he has since paid.
Mohiaddin, aged 58, of Vineyard Hill Road, Wimbledon, pleaded guilty to one offence of Cheating the Public Revenue - submitting false tax returns for April 2003 to April 2011.
Anthony Swarbrick, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: "Until our investigators caught up with him, Mohiaddin had made no effort to pay his fair share of tax; even ignoring the opportunity to put his tax affairs in order through a campaign we ran for medical professionals.
"As an NHS specialist he knew only too well how vital public funds are to the health service and to those individuals who need its care and support - including the very patients he was employed to treat. His career and reputation are now in tatters and he faces losing his ability to practise medicine in the UK.
"Tax fraud is a serious crime and we are working tirelessly to catch those who think they are above the law. Anyone with information about tax fraud can call the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887 and help us stamp it out."
Mohiaddin stole £409,611 by failing to declare any taxable income from his self-employed work in his private practice. He chose not to take the opportunity to come forward and put his tax affairs in order using HMRC's voluntary disclosure campaign for medical professionals launched in 2010.
He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Radiologists and the European Society of Cardiology. He has served on the Boards of Trustees and scientific program committees of numerous scientific and medical societies.
October 3, 2015