Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Lawyer jailed for tax fraud

A BARRISTER has been jailed for three years after admitting a £274,000 tax fraud.

Michael Roberts, 58, of St Andrew’s Road, Henley, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday after failing to declare his earnings or pay tax since being declared bankrupt in 2008.

He originally pleaded not guilty but changed his plea on the advice of his legal team.

Roberts, who immediately resigned as secretary of Henley Cricket Club, admitted a further charge of perjury after confessing that he lied during his bankruptcy hearing. Two other charges of perjury were ordered to remain on the file.

The court heard that Roberts didn’t submit any tax returns to HM Revenue and Customs, so that it believed he was not working. He also charged his clients VAT without paying it himself. He was arrested in July 2012 when his premises were searched and his bank accounts and computer records were examined.

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