Game machine brothers avoid jail

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Two brothers who ran amusement arcades in Sussex and Kent without paying £170,000 in duty have avoided a jail sentence.

George and Joseph Gess’s gamble failed when officers from Revenue and Customs (HMRC) seized 86 illegally operated gaming machines from their premises last year.

In June officials visited four amusement arcades in Bognor, Brighton, Crawley and Tunbridge Wells, seizing the machines and more than £19,000 in cash.

George Gess, 39, and Joseph Gess, 45, both of Fairfield, Eastergate Lane, Walberton, near Arundel, were arrested.

At Lewes Crown Court George Gess was given a 15-month suspended sentence and was ordered to do 180 hours’ community service. Joseph Gess was given a 12-month suspended sentence and was ordered to do 100 hours’ community service.

David Margree, an assistant director from HMRC, said: “Gaming machine operators are legally required to pay gaming duty.”

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10:16pm Tue 5 Feb 13

NickBtn says...

Did they also have to pay the £170,000 of duty avoided? If not, the 280 hours of community service seems like a great deal - over £600 per hour!
Did they also have to pay the £170,000 of duty avoided? If not, the 280 hours of community service seems like a great deal - over £600 per hour! NickBtn
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11:08pm Tue 5 Feb 13

mimseycal says...

Yes milor' We'll gladly do 280 hours community service at £600. per hour.
Yes milor' We'll gladly do 280 hours community service at £600. per hour. mimseycal
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11:53pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Brightonian1966 says...

That will teach them!they won't do that again.
That will teach them!they won't do that again. Brightonian1966
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7:59am Wed 6 Feb 13

Skidrow says...

Well if they do get caught doing that again, thats when the suspended sentence kicks in.
Well if they do get caught doing that again, thats when the suspended sentence kicks in. Skidrow
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8:09am Wed 6 Feb 13

Pitviper says...

Skidrow wrote:
Well if they do get caught doing that again, thats when the suspended sentence kicks in.
Any other misdemeanour will kick the suspended sentence into action, doesn't have to be the same crime.
[quote][p][bold]Skidrow[/bold] wrote: Well if they do get caught doing that again, thats when the suspended sentence kicks in.[/p][/quote]Any other misdemeanour will kick the suspended sentence into action, doesn't have to be the same crime. Pitviper
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7:21pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Sussex jim says...

Confiscation of property and disqualification of ever running a business is the only answer.
They may still be lucky enough to get jobs at their age, but with criminal records and no assets they can look forward to a life of rented accommodation and no company pension.
Confiscation of property and disqualification of ever running a business is the only answer. They may still be lucky enough to get jobs at their age, but with criminal records and no assets they can look forward to a life of rented accommodation and no company pension. Sussex jim
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