Tax Rebates & Refunds

Hampshire couple arrested over tax fraud allegations

November 20, 2012
Posted in Fraud — Written by Jennifer

A couple from Hampshire have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out tax and National Insurance fraud worth more than £800,000.

According to the Daily Echo, Michael and Marina Scott are now being investigated by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the department which also calculates income tax and processes tax rebate claims, over allegations that the pair cheated the department out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Michael, 60, and Marina, 57, were understood to be the former joint directors of a company known as Pixies Day Nursery and Pixies Too, which operates two nurseries in the Lock Heath area and one in Woolston in Southampton. However, records show that Michael Scott resigned as director of the company in March 2011.

A statement released on behalf of the group that now owns the nurseries read as follows:

“The ongoing HMRC investigation of the partnership that previously owned Pixies Nursery Group is completely unrelated to the new owners, the staff or the ongoing business.”

Meanwhile, HMRC, which has not yet revealed the details of the fraud the couple are accused of perpetrating, released this statement:

“HMRC take tax fraud seriously and will not hesitate to investigate those suspected of stealing public funds.”

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