Kangs Solicitors are instructed to defend a former Director of a nationwide payroll services company charged, alongside three others, with involvement in an alleged £35 million VAT fraud which is being prosecuted at the Central Criminal Court by HM Revenue & Customs.
Prosecution Allegations | Kangs VAT Fraud Solicitors
It is alleged by the Prosecution that the defendants used two companies to divert approximately £35 million in VAT payments due to the Exchequer and into their own pockets over a three year period.
The diversion was effected by the submission of, allegedly, false VAT returns which under-declared the VAT liability of the two companies.
The Mechanics of the Alleged Fraud | Kangs Solicitors Fraud Team
The business model followed by the defendants is not unusual in the recruitment and payment of temporary manual workers and, during the period that the defendants were operating their companies, was a recognised and lawful way for such wages to be paid.
However, the procedure attracted the close attention of HMRC given the belief that it provides a mechanism for taking advantage of the tax rules for travel and subsistence.
The allegation in this case is that the defendant companies accounted to HMRC for only a small proportion of the VAT collected and due to the Exchequer.
The trial will commence at the Central Criminal Court (‘Old Bailey’) later this year.
How Kangs Solicitors Can Help You | VAT Fraud Solicitors
Cases of this nature require a legal team with specialist knowledge and extensive experience as they invariably involve complex legal issues by the very nature of the allegations faced.
In this case, for example, the defence team comprises four senior solicitors from Kangs Solicitors, junior counsel, Robert Morris of 3 Raymond Buildings, and leading counsel, Colin Aylott QC, of Carmelite Chambers.
Who Can I Contact For Help? | Kangs Solicitors
We have extensive experience of dealing with cases investigated and prosecuted by all the major prosecuting authorities such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, CPS, Trading Standards, Environment Agency etc.
If you are a business, whether a sole trader, partnership or company, we are here to assist you manage your contact with the prosecuting authority and advise you on any criminal proceedings involving fraud and / or money laundering.
Our team of solicitors has a proven track record of assisting many individuals and businesses achieve the right result following these criminal proceedings.
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