Accountant fleeced £250,000 from clients

A CROOKED accountant fleeced his clients of thousands of pounds intended for the taxman to finance a luxury lifestyle, a court has heard.

Darren Upton, of Woodlesford, near Leeds, stole over £250,000 from clients of his firm, Upton & Co, who believed they were paying corporation tax to HM Revenue & Customs. Upton instead paid the cash into his own bank account.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Upton lavished the money on secret mistress and on his box at Leeds United.

Upton pleaded guilty to 15 offences of fraud with 23 similar offences taken into consideration. He also admitted contempt of court in relation to using his firm’s banking accounts to service his personal debt.

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