Accountants in court over tax scam

Accountants in court over tax scam

London court hears Devon case

The trial of two accountants from Crediton in Devon, accused of running a
multi-million pound tax scam, has begun in the Blackfriars Crown Court.

Kevin O’Connor, 45 of the Snows, Sandford and Paul Duncan, 37, Uffculme Road,
Willand, are alleged to have helped building contractors cheat HM Revenue and
Customs by setting up dummy bank accounts and then taking a cut of contractors’
profits.

The scam is alleged to have run for three years.

Duncan, who ran accountancy firm Churchill and Co in Crediton High Street,
denies all charges including cheating the Inland Revenue and three money
laundering charges while O’Connor has admitted a key role in the plot and is
awaiting sentencing.

The trial continues.

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