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Belfast consultant jailed for tax evasion

Press Release   •   Apr 23, 2015 16:55 BST

A partially retired ear, nose and throat consultant who evaded £700,000 in tax has been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Francis Gerard D’Arcy, 72, from Malone Road, Belfast, was given the opportunity to fully disclose his income but he failed to do so.

In March 2013 he was interviewed by HMRC officers and admitted to supressing his £1.4 million income, earned in private practice.

HMRC received a payment of £736,542.14, in March 2014, in relation to the Income Tax and VAT owed by D’Arcy for the period 2008 - 2012. D’Arcy was fined £230,000 and received four concurrent, two-year jail sentences, suspended for three years at Belfast Crown Court today. D’Arcy had pleaded guilty to four charges at an earlier hearing.

Notes for editors:

  1. Francis Gerard D’Arcy, DOB 01/02/1942, of Malone Road, Belfast, pleaded guilty to four counts of being knowingly concerned in the cheating of the public revenue contrary to Common Law when he appeared at Belfast Crown Court on 5 March 2015. He was sentenced at Belfast Crown Court on 23 April 2015.
  2. Anyone with information about people or businesses involved in tax fraud can contact HMRC through the Tax Evasion hotline on 0800 788 887 or at www.hmrc.gov.uk/reportingfraud/online.htm
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