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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.


£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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