Top lawyer ac­cused of tax fraud

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

A RENOWNED City lawyer will find him­self in the dock next year when he goes on trial ac­cused of tax fraud.

An­thony Ker­man, also known as Andy, 62, ap­peared at City of Lon­don Mag­is­trates last Fri­day (Novem­ber 2) and was com­mit­ted for trial.

The so­lic­i­tor once rep­re­sented Si­mon Mann, the for­mer SAS of­fi­cer serv­ing a prison sen­tence in Zim­babwe for plan­ning an al­leged coup on the gov­ern­ment of Equa­to­rial Guinea.

Mr Ker­man is charged with three counts of cheat­ing the pub­lic rev­enue, af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Her Majesty’s Rev­enue and Cus­toms.

The charges are thought to re­late to as­sets left to him by his fa­ther, Isadore Ker­man, who set up a le­gal prac­tice as well as amass­ing a col­lec­tion of prop­er­ties and sev­eral restau­rants.

It is thought his fa­ther left a for­tune of around £14 mil­lion to his chil­dren.

Mr Ker­man, a se­nior part­ner at Lon­don law firm Ker­man and Co LLP, has been charged with in­tend­ing to de­fraud and fail­ing to de­clare an ac­count for in­come tax due on in­come ap­par­ently held at a num­ber of private banks. He is also ac­cused of de­fraud­ing and fail­ing to de­clare as­sets.

De­spite his suc­cess­ful le­gal ca­reer, Mr Ker­man is per­haps best known for his friend­ship with Rus­sian bal­le­rina Anas­ta­sia Volochkova, 30 years his ju­nior. He once hired the Lon­don Pal­la­dium for her to put on a one-night per­for­mance there.

Mr Ker­man will ap­pear at Black­fri­ars Crown Court in Jan­uary. He was not avail­able for com­ment.

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