HM Revenue & Customs (National)
The former President of the Association of Taxation Technicians and three of his business associates who administered a pension scheme, have been charged with stealing £5million through a tax fraud targeting the pension industry.
The four – three men and a woman – were arrested last year in dawn raids carried out by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigating an alleged multi million pound fraud. The raids took place at residential and business premises in the West Midlands, Derby and Leicester.
Simon De Kayne, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said:
“Today four people have been charged linked to what we believe is a fraud resulting in over £5 million being stolen from public funds. We are committed to bringing such cases to the courts and depriving those involved of the proceeds of their crime.”
Notes for editors
1. The defendants were charged with Conspiracy to Cheat the Revenue after being summonsed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court today, Monday, 31 October 2011. They have all been bailed until 9 November 2011 to appear at Birmingham Crown Court. The defendants are:
* Andrew Meeson, (DOB 10.06.61), former President of the Association of Taxation Technicians, of 12, George Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
* Peter Spencer Bradley, (DOB 08.02.67), of The Forge, Springhill Lane, Lower Penn Wolverhampton, West Midlands,
* Alison Jayne Bradley, (29.01.65), of The Forge, Springhill Lane, Lower Penn, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
* Steven Price (28.07.64) of Pine Tops, Pratts Lane, Mappleborough Green, Studley, West Midlands.
2. In conjunction with HMRC executing the search warrants last year The Pensions Regulator took action to suspend Tudor Capital Management Ltd from acting as trustees from pension trust schemes.
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