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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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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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