Top lawyer accused of tax fraud
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.