Senior accountant cleared of multi-million pound allegation of cheating the public revenue

Joshua Carey (led by Michael Goodwin QC) represented an accountant from a leading accountancy firm who, along with two others, was accused of jointly cheating the public revenue in the sum of approximately £1.2M. The cheat was alleged to involve the making of a claim for group relief (for corporation tax purposes) on a false basis. The jury trial ran for almost five weeks.

The two co-defendants were found guilty and were sentenced to imprisonment for three years and one year (suspended for two years), respectively.

Joshua Carey’s client was acquitted of the charge by a unanimous decision of the jury.

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