Chartered accountant Christopher Lunn has been charged with tax fraud and summonsed to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Courton 15 August.
The decision to prosecute was authorised by Matthew Wagstaff of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Central Fraud Division, based on material put together from the HMRC investigation.
Lunn, who last year won a partial victory against HMRC in overturning an ban from him acting as an agent, advised TV stars such as the BBC’s Fiona Bruce and actor Sean Pertwee.
At the end of a two-day hearing in February 2011, Mr Justice Parker concluded the HMRC commissioners were wrong to withdraw the firm’s agent status.
He has now been charged with overstating his clients’ accountancy fees through his tax firm for media professionals, Christopher Lunn & Company (CLAC), along with falsely claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in costs in the accounts of the firm.
The Kent-based accountant is also accused of three separate charges - all claiming that he falsely brought forward losses for several other companies for which he acted as a director.
This follows HMRC proposals to force accountants who offer to shelter their clients from tax to hand over names of those using the schemes.
Christopher Lunn’s son Jonathan, an executive of the firm, told the Daily Mail: “The company is pleased to have the opportunity to make its case in a neutral arena. We are also looking forward to proceeding with our third judicial review in relation to Revenue & Customs’ activities.
“And we await with anticipation the outcome of the adjudicator’s investigation with regards to the six counts of serious Revenue maladministration.”