Accountant cost Revenue £1m
An accountant who cost the Inland Revenue more than £1m through submitting false claims, has been found guilty on two counts of cheating the tax authorities.
Simon Rogers pleaded not guilty to fraud involving false claims for tax rebates and could now face a prison sentence. Seven building contractors have pleaded guilty to connected offences.
Blackfriars Crown Court heard how Rogers added thousands of non-existent construction workers to his client list and made claims for tax rebates using the names of real and bogus clients.
Rogers? Stevenage-based practice listed 4,600 clients, which the Revenue said would have made it one of the largest in the home counties. Most of the clients were subcontractors working in the building trade.
The Revenue?s special compliance office in Nottingham is continuing to investigate similar frauds around the UK.