Ex-ATT president charged with tax fraud

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Former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) Andrew Meeson and three of his business associates who administered a pension scheme, have been charged with stealing £5m through a tax fraud targeting the pension industry.

The four were arrested last year in dawn raids carried out by HMRC investigating an alleged multi-million pound fraud. Simon De Kayne, assistant director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said: “Today four people have been charged linked to what we believe is a fraud resulting in over £5 million being stolen from public funds. We are committed to bringing such cases to the courts and depriving those involved of the proceeds of their crime.”

All have been charged with ‘conspiracy to cheat the Revenue’ and bailed until 9 November to appear at Birmingham Crown Court.

Meeson stepped down last week from his post at the ATT after HMRC kicked off an investigation of the pension scheme administered by his company Tudor Capital Management (TCM). HMRC believes that the trustees of that scheme acted fraudulently, and that TCM is also involved.

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    02nd Nov 2011 11:11

    nice to see where your £160 a year subs end up

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    02nd Nov 2011 11:48

    Andrew Meeson

    I have known Andrew for many years and have only ever had the utmost respect for him. 

    I was saddened to read the remark left by Adrian.


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    By cwatkin
    02nd Nov 2011 12:13

    Tudor Capital Management
    One assumes that HMRC have good grounds for bringing the criminal charges in this case.
    If these individuals are acquitted then heads should roll at the top of HMRC.
    There are those who think that some HMRC officers are guilty of cheating the public purse each time they draw their salaries.

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    to rob.little
    02nd Nov 2011 17:48

    C&E (old version)

    Totally agree, they certainly cheated me whilst freeloading and lying.

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    02nd Nov 2011 12:36

    High profile character or just character profile

    innocent until proven guilty....but in general...

    It always amazes me how many high profile characters find themselves in such muddles...is this more to do with the type of character that has the charisma and the want to seek these roles in the public view being the same as someone who does not feel remorse about the offence either.

    Quite a lot of frauds are so ridiculous that the perpetrators can only have had the attitute of I don't care if I am caught or were so unconcerned that they took no measures to prevent detection.

    my question therefore is

    Are fraudsters ever character profiled and is there a recognised science to this ?

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    02nd Nov 2011 14:05

    Innocent until proven guilty

     I agree with Pat for much the same reasons.

    At the moment, we can only wait to see whether this does go all the way or whether the case gets quietly dropped by HMRC .









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    02nd Nov 2011 16:04

    Andrew Meeson

    As mentioned by Patricia, I have also known Andrew for a number of years, and consider him a friend as well as a fellow ATT member.

    As with all cases involving HMRC, one is invariably treated as guilty until proven innocent, and, indeed, mud always sticks. If, as seems entirely probable, Andrew is found not to be guilty, his good reputation will be forever tarnished. This is the tragedy about the whole issue.

    I know that I speak for many others when I say that the sooner this whole sorry matter is laid to rest the better - Andrew will have the support of very many people whatever the outcome.

    I have to add that, for those who don't know the persons involved, it would be a good idea not to cast aspersions upon their integrity nor to assassinate their character unless or until they have been found to warrant this apalling treatment.

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