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Group in court for PS4.8m fraud case; FIVE APPEARED OVER ALLEGATIONS.

Byline: SARA NICHOL Reporter sara.nichol@trinitymirror.com @SaraNichol10

FIVE people have appeared in court accused of taking part in a PS4.8m VAT fraud.

The four men and one woman were in the dock to face varying charges relating to three companies; MGM Precision Limited, in Newburn, Newcastle, SLM Engineering Ltd, in Batley, West Yorkshire, and T-Tec (Precision Engineers) Limited, in Newburn, Newcastle. A court was told the charges related to a period between June 2008 and May 2016 and involved allegedly defrauding HM Revenue and Customs out of PS4,897,123.65.

Daniel McDonald, Carol Miller, Stanley Miller, William Moody and Paul Nichol appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court for a brief hearing yesterday.

The defendants and the charges are: McDonald, 32, of Dukes Meadow, Woolsington, Newcastle, is accused of six counts of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of VAT involving the companies MGM Precision Limited, SLM Engineering Ltd and T-Tec (Precision Engineers) Limited. He also faced one allegation of conspiracy to defraud and one of acting with intent to prejudice/defraud HM Revenue and Customs. Carol Miller, 56, of South Grange, Ryton, is accused of two counts of being concerned in the acquisition/retention or control of criminal property.

Stanley Miller, 56, of South Grange, Ryton, is accused of three counts of knowingly being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of VAT involving the same three companies, two counts of concealing/disguising or transferring criminal property and one count of acting with intent to prejudice/defraud HM Revenue and Customs.

William Moody, 61, of Holburn Lane, Old Ryton Village, is accused of three counts of knowingly being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of VAT involving the same companies and one count of acting with intent to prejudice/ defraud HM Revenue and Customs.

Paul Nichol, 32, of Broadway, Lemington, Newcastle, is accused of three counts of knowingly being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of VAT involving the same companies and one count of conspiracy to defraud.

Because the conspiracy charges faced by Nichol and McDonald can only be heard at the crown court, no pleas were taken.

Sue Baker, prosecuting, said, as all the alleged offences were linked, all five should be sent together to Crown Court. The four defending solicitors made no representations about where the case should be heard.

All were released on unconditional bail to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on December 20.

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