Tax scams man ripped off Ritchie

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AN ac­coun­tant to celebri­ties in­clud­ing film di­rec­tor Guy Ritchie has been jailed for 18 months over a £5MIL­LION tax scam.

David Per­rin ( above) in­vented new verses to Glo­ria Gaynor’s an­them I Will Sur­vive mock­ing the tax­man for his staff to sing, a court heard.

One verse went: “They should have changed that stupid law, they should have bug­gered char­ity, but they have left that lovely tax re­lief, for folks to pay to me”.

Greedy Per­rin, 46, used his prof­its to jet off on lux­ury hol­i­days and buy sports cars and ex­clu­sive homes.

The for­mer Rev­enue of­fi­cial ex­ploited the char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions of the rich and fa­mous for five years, off­set­ting their higher rate tax li­a­bil­i­ties to grab a slice of the prof­its.

As well as Ritchie his clients in­cluded Jeremy Pax­man and Eng­land rugby player Martin Corey – who knew noth­ing of the scam.

Per­rin, from Lu­ton, Beds, was con­victed at Black­fri­ars Crown Court of cheating the Rev­enue by falsely stat­ing the value of shares in four firms.

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