A FATHER and son who are directors of a company which operates a number of fast food restaurants in Limerick have pleaded guilty to multiple VAT offences.
William Slattery, aged 61, of The Forts, Dooradoyle and Jonathan Slattery, aged 34, of Inis Mór, Fr Russell Road, each pleaded to four charges when they were arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court.
Both men, the court heard, are directors of Slattery’s Ventures Ltd, which has a registered address at Unit 2, Ballycummin Village, Ballycummin.
It is understood the company operates two fast-food restaurants in the city and a shop in Clarina.
When he was arraigned, Jonathan Slattery admitted “consenting and conniving” with the company on dates in December 2005, and March 2008 to “knowingly or wilfully” deliver incorrect VAT returns of the office of the Collector General at Sarsfield House, Limerick.
He also pleaded guilty to claiming VAT repayments totalling €31,622 in February, 2006, which he knew that neither he nor the company was entitled to.
His father, William Slattery, admitted “knowingly or wilfully” delivering incorrect VAT returns of the office of the Collector General on dates in August 2006 and September 2008.
He also pleaded guilty to claiming VAT repayments totalling €14,033 in August 2006, knowing that neither he nor the company were entitled to the repayments.
When arraigned, both men also pleaded guilty to an offence under the Taxes Consolidation Act relating to their failure to keep all VAT records, as required by law, on dates between September 9, 2005 and April 29, 2008.
John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, told the court that the guilty pleas entered by both men were acceptable to the State and that a number of other charges being brought against the men would be withdrawn in due course.
He added that the full facts of the offences will be outlined to the court during the sentencing hearing.
Mark Nicholas BL, defending, requested an adjournment of sentencing to facilitate the attendance of a forensic accountant who he intends calling to give evidence.
Mr O’Sullivan said he will also require the attendance of an expert witness during the sentencing module whenever it takes place.
Judge Carroll Moran remanded the defendants on continuing bail to appear before the court again in September, when he will fix a date for the sentencing hearing.