Woman cleared of fraud

A woman from Dalbeattie has been cleared of her part of being involved in evading tax and national insurance payments totalling almost £1.75 million.

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Guilty verdict, tax evasion trial

A man has been found guilty of failing to pay Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs more than £600,000. After a six week trial the jury at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court took just over an hour to return a guilty verdict on Steven Maxwell who is 53.

Maxwell, of Wallach Court, Dalbeattie had denied operating a fraudulent scheme between 1999 and May 2008 by pretending to HMRC that he had no taxable income and wasn't liable for income tax or National Insurance. He evaded paying £635,015 to HMRC.

The jury heard that Maxwell used offshore companies to conceal his income which was said to be up to £800 a day. Maxwell was remanded in custody until April 26 for the preparation of reports.

Jury out on tax evasion case

The Maxwells Credit: ITV Border

The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of avoiding paying tax and national insurance contributions totalling more than £600,000. Steven Maxwell, 52, of Wallach Court, Dalbeattie, has been on trial at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court for the past six weeks.

He is facing charges of pretending to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs that he had no taxable income over a nine year period to May 2008. It is alleged that he evaded paying £635,015 to HMRC and retained the money for his own use. His wife was cleared of the charges earlier on in the trial.

Maxwell, who was said to be earning £800 a day working for as an information technology consultant for JP Morgan Chase Bank and Deutsche Bank, was originally charged with avoiding payments of more than £1.7 million but this was reduced.

Maxwell, who was said to own offshore companies in the Isle of Man and Gibralter, is also accused of putting assets beyond the reach of creditors, in particular HMRC, by purchasing Barncailzie Hall at Springholm, near Castle Douglas.

He is accused of making the purchase in the name of his company Gateway 3000 UK limited which was register in the Isle of Man but was wholly owned and controlled by him.

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Tax evasion trial latest

A 52 year old man accused of of avoiding paying tax and national insurance contributions totalling nearly £1.75 million has seen this figure being reduced by nearly two thirds at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court. Steven Maxwell's wife, Susan has been cleared of her involvement in the alleged fraud.

Steven Maxwell of Wallach Court, Dalbeattie is now accused of pretending to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs that he had no taxable income over a nine year period to May 2008. It is alleged that Steven Maxwell evaded paying £635,015 to HMRC and retained the money for his own use.

Maxwell, who was said to be earning £800 a day working for as an information technology consultant for JP Morgan Chase Bank and Deutsche Bank, is giving evidence at his trial. He denies the charges and the trial before Sheriff Kenneth Robb is expected to continue next Tuesday.

Wife cleared of £1.75m tax evasion

Susan and Stephen Maxwell Credit: ITV Border

A woman has been cleared of her involvement in evading almost £1.75 million in tax and national insurance payments.

49 year old Susan Maxwell, of Wallach Court, Dalbeattie was charged along with her 52 year old husband Stephen. They both deny the charges

They have been accused of forming a fraudulent scheme to evade payments relating to their income between 1993 and 2008.

Her acquittal came at the end of the five week hearing. Almost 40 witnesses have given evidence during the jury trail at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court.

Her husband is still on trial accused of retaining the cash for his own use. It's alleged he used it to buy Barncailzie Hall near Springholm and the Crown Hotel at Kirkpatrick Durham, through companies owned and controlled by him.

The trial before Sheriff Kenneth Robb is continuing.

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