South Scotland

Springholm couple to face tax evasion trial

The trial of a couple accused of evading tax and national insurance payments totalling almost £1.75m is to take place in Kirkcudbright in July.

Stephen Maxwell, 52, and his wife Susan, 48, of Barncailzie Hall, Springholm, near Castle Douglas, deny forming a fraudulent scheme to avoid paying the contributions.

The charges relate to a period between April 1993 and May 2008.

The couple's trial has been scheduled to take place on 11 July

In addition to the tax evasion charges, Mr Maxwell also denies a contravention of the Insolvency Act.

It is alleged that as a result of the evasion the couple were able to buy Barncailzie Hall and the Crown Hotel at nearby Kirkpatrick-Durham.

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