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Former ATT President charged with tax fraud

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The former President of the Association of Taxation Technicians and three business associates have been charged with stealing £5m through a tax fraud targeting the pension industry, HMRC has announced.

Andrew Meeson, aged 50, of George Street, Wolverhampton, stepped down as ATT President last week citing ‘personal reasons relating to an HMRC investigation of a pension scheme administered by my company, Tudor Capital Management’.

Three men and a woman were arrested last year in dawn raids carried out as part of an investigation into an alleged multi million pound fraud, HMRC said today. The raids took place at residential and business premises in the West Midlands, Derby and Leicester.

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 £5m 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.’

The other defendants are Peter Spencer Bradley, aged 44, and Alison Jayne Bradley (46), of Springhill Lane, Lower Penn, Wolverhampton; and Steven Price (47) of Mappleborough Green, Studley, West Midlands.

All four defendants were charged with conspiracy to cheat the revenue and bailed until 9 November to appear at Birmingham Crown Court.