Former tax boss Andrew Meeson played a leading role in a "blatant" £5m pension tax relief scam, a court heard.
The former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians allegedly filed fraudulent tax relief claims with HM Revenue and Customs himself, which led to pay-outs of just under £5m to administrator Tudor Capital Management, Birmingham Crown Court was told yesterday.
Meeson, 52, is accused along with Peter Spencer Bradley, 45, Alison Jayne Bradley, 47, and Steven Price, 47, of conspiracy to cheat HM Revenue and Customs between 1 January 2006 and 30 April 2010. All four defendants have pleaded not guilty.
Price denies a further count of acquiring criminal property from the proceeds of the fraud between 1 June 2007 and 30 April 2010.
Prosecution counsel David Farrer QC told the jury Meeson was a hitherto distinguished accountant and tax consultant who advised HMRC itself on tax cheating and evasion.
The prosecution said the former tax boss filed the false RAS claims for two fictitious pension schemes for the Moya group of payroll companies, signed them himself and dealt with any queries from the Revenue.
Meeson and married couple Peter and Alison Bradley were directors of TCM and allegedly carved up the profits from the fraud.
The jury was told Peter Bradley was responsible for finding pensions business for the administrator and was the sole signatory on the Moya pension scheme bank account.
His wife Alison Bradley handled large money transfers and was a point of contact within TCM on external correspondence, the court heard.
Farrer said: "The Moya fraud was so blatant that no director, no-one with a worthwhile role at TCM, could possibly be unaware of it."
The three defendants paid themselves huge sums of money, through "exorbitant" fees to TCM and a total of £1.8m payments from the Moya account to Alison Bradley until January 2010 and £550,000 to Meeson over the same period, the jury was told.
Mr Bradley's mother, Maxine Bradley, received £100,000 and his shooting acquaintance Ian Collins received £20,000 in unsecured loans when his company went into liquidation, the prosecution said.
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