Former Association of Taxation Technicians president Andrew Meeson and three business associates have been charged with stealing £5m through a tax fraud targeting the pensions industry, according to HM Revenue & Customs.
Meeson, Peter Bradley, Alison Bradley and Steven Price were all arrested last year in dawn raids carried out by HMRC investigators.
The raids took place at residential and business properties in the West Midlands, Derby and Leicester.
The defendants were charged with conspiracy to cheat the revenue after being summonsed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court today.
HMRC assistant director of criminal investigation Simon De Kayne says: “Today four people have been charged linked to what we believe is a fraud resulting in over £5m being stolen from public funds. We are committed to bringing such cases to the courts and depriving those involved of the proceeds of their crime.”