Woodlesford-based accountant Darren Upton has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to 15 fraud offences between January 2010 and June 2011.
Upton, who has asked for 23 similar offences to be taken into consideration, stole more than £250,000 from clients of his firm, Upton & Co Accountants, who believed they were paying corporation tax to HMRC.
He diverted clients' tax money into his own bank account, which financed a luxury lifestyle, lavishing money on a secret mistress and a box at Leeds United FC, a court heard.
He also admitted contempt of court by breaching a restraining order made when he was arrested in March 2011 which limited him using the firm's accounts for legitimate business purposes. Despite this he used £14,500 to refinance a Bentley Continental and a Maserati TLU 19 used by his wife.
As reported in the Daily Mail, to his clients, “he was a happily married accountant who they trusted to look after their affairs. But in reality, Darren Upton was stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds from them so he could live a luxury lifestyle and keep a glamorous mistress.”
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