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Man defrauded after selling £32,000 of coins on eBay

Police are investigating after a man sold £32,000 worth of coins on eBay without receiving any payment.

The 70-year-old from Inverurie, Scotland was contacted by a man called 'Peter', asking to buy the collection of 52 London Mint coins.

He was defrauded over the space of two weeks:

  • 13 September - 'Peter' pays a fraudulent cheque from ‘Repack Services Limited' into a bank in Bury
  • 15 September - Victim arranges to meet ‘Peter’ at the Southwaite Services, just outside Carlisle on the M6 Southbound. ‘Peter’ sends an alleged courier called ‘Dave’
  • 18 September - The victim checked his bank account to find the money had been removed from his account, as the cheque was not honoured by the issuing bank as it was a forgery

‘Dave’ is described as a white man in his 50s.

In light of this crime the Police are urging anyone buying and selling items on the internet to be careful:

“This is obviously a large amount of money, and we are working hard to try and find whoever is responsible for this despicable fraud and bring them to justice. I would urge anyone who is aware of any coins matching the description above being sold to contact Cumbria Police on 101. I would also like to use this opportunity to urge people to be cautious when buying or selling goods over the internet. It can be a great way of selling specialist items and bringing like-minded people together – however, people do need to be careful when doing financial transactions over the internet.”

– DC Vicky Hughes, Cumbria Constabulary

Anyone with any information can call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for Carlisle CID, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information on how to stay safe online click here.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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£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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