Health consultant doctored cheques in £700k tax fraud

A leading Northern Ireland medical specialist who failed to declare £1.4m of earnings from private practice has been fined £230,000 and given a jail sentence, suspended for three years, following an HMRC investigation

Dr Francis D’Arcy, 73, from Belfast, was a partially retired ear, nose and throat consultant, who had given expert evidence in cases involving deafness among members of the police and armed forces.

In March 2013 he was interviewed by HMRC officers and admitted to supressing his £1.4m income from private consultations. HMRC received a payment of £736,542 in March 2014, in relation to the income tax and VAT D’Arcy owed for the period 2008 to 2012.

A trial at Belfast Crown Court heard evidence that D’Arcy had asked solicitors who engaged him to provide assessments for deafness claims to pay him with uncrossed cheques. Some of these cheques, made out to Dr D’Arcy, were paid into bank accounts used by his four children, who were also doctors and so had the same name.

In court D’Arcy pleaded guilty to four counts of being knowingly concerned in the cheating of the public revenue and was fined £230,000 and received four concurrent, two-year jail sentences, suspended for three years.

Pat Sweet |Reporter, Accountancy Daily [2010-2021]

Pat Sweet was the former online reporter at Accountancy Daily and contributor to the monthly Accountancy magazine, pub...

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