£1.7 million fraud case

The court case of a couple accused of avoiding tax and national insurance contributions amounting to nearly £1.75 million begins in Kirkcudbright today. It's expected to last six weeks

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Trial continues of couple accused of major fraud scam.

Kirkcudbright sheriff court Credit: ITV Border

The trial of a couple accused of evading tax and national insurance payments of nearly £1.75 million pounds has heard how investigators raided their home in Dumfries and Galloway.

Stephen and Susan Maxwell from Dalbeattie face charges relating to alleged offences between April 1993 and May 2008.

The jury heard how tax investigators raided the couple's country house, Barncailzie Hall in Spingholm in Castle Douglas in 2008, seizing three computers.

The couple are alleged to have kept the £1.75 million for their own use, buying the Hall that was raided and the crown hotel at Kirkpatrick Durham

The pair deny forming a fradulent scheme to avoid paying tax and national insurance contributions between 1993 and 2008. The trial at Kirkcudbright Sheriff court is expected to last a number of weeks.

£1.7 million Fraud case starts

Fraud case begins Credit: PA

The trial of a couple who are accused of avoiding tax and national insurance payment to the tune of £1.75 million begins today.

52 year old Stephen Maxwell and his wife Susan, who's 49, from Dalbeattie are alleged to have kept the cash for their own use and used it to buy a small estate and a pub.

They are accused of forming a fraudulent scheme to evade payments relating to their income. Stephen Maxwell is also accused of charges relating to the Insolvency Act.

It's alleged the evasion scheme enabled the couple to buy Barncailzie Hall at Springholm and the Crown Hotel at Kirkpatrick Durham.

The charges relate to a period between April 1993 and May 2008 and in particular refer to Mr Maxwell's employment as an information technology consultant at addresses in London, Bexley, St Alban’s, Springholm, the Isle of Man, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Switzerland.

63 witnesses have been called to the trial at Kirkcudbright sheriff court which is expected to last six weeks.

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