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.

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