Bookkeeper accused of fraud acquitted at close of prosecution case
A bookkeeper accused of being complicit in a fraud valued at £1.8 million was acquitted on direction of the trial judge at Basildon Crown Court.
LR stood trial along with three co-defendants, all three partners of an Essex-based conveyancing firm. It was alleged that between 2011 and 2013, they took part in a fraud involving the late or non-payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax.
Following extensive cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, the trial judge allowed a submission of no case to answer. He directed the jury to return not guilty verdicts in the case of LR and the fourth defendant. Two defendants remain in the trial.