A former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) has been jailed along with a fellow company director for their parts in a £5 million pension scheme tax fraud.
HM Revenue and Customs tax investigators found that from June 2007 – March 2010 Andrew Meeson and Peter Bradley fraudulently obtained income tax repayments amounting to £5 million. They claimed that the refunds were due on £20 million of contributions made by pension scheme members. The tax inspectors proved these contributions never actually existed. Both were charged with Conspiracy to Cheat the Revenue.
Andrew Meeson (aged 52), a former President of the Association of Taxation Technicians, and his co-defendant, 46 year old Peter Spencer Bradley, both of Wolverhampton, West Midlands were found guilty – and were both sentenced to 8 and a half years in prison for their roles in the tax fraud, and also disqualified from being company directors for 6 years.
In addition, a trustee of the pension fund, Steven Price (aged 49), of Studley, West Midlands, pleaded guilty to obtaining documents by deception under the Theft Act 1968, and was given an 18 month prison sentence – suspended for two years.
Confiscation proceedings to reclaim their criminal profits are now underway.
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