Dundee businessman accused of £90,000 tax fraud
A Dundee businessman is to go on trial accused of a five-figure tax fraud.
Christopher Cook is alleged to have scammed £90,769.56 over the course of five years.
Cook is accused of falsely submitting documents to reclaim £5,973.42 in PAYE tax for four employees at his company, Vernonblues Ltd, between April 2009 and April 2010.
A second charge alleges that between April 2009 and April 2014 Cook evaded income tax and obtained £2,602, and attempted to obtain another £6,293.
A further allegation states that between the same dates he evaded £40,363.80 in income tax, while a fourth charge alleges he evaded £35,537.34 in National Insurance contributions.
Cook, 45, of Taypark, Dundee Road, denies all four charges.
Defence solicitor George Donnelly told Dundee Sheriff Court: “There are still inquiries to be made by the defence.
“Further disclosure from the Crown is required and a defence expert requires to be instructed.”
Sheriff Alastair Brown set a further pre-trial hearing in February.