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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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VAT charges against Cumbrian director dropped

All charges have been dropped against a company director who denied VAT offences.

The case against Richard Tubman, 29, was discontinued during a court hearing – a month after his father, Geoffrey, was ordered to pay £50,000 after admitting more than 1,000 VAT offences.

Both men had faced charges relating to the trading of their company, Nuclear & Mechanical Services Ltd, based in Workington.

The charges applied to goods supplied by the company. They were accused of not paying the Commissioners of Customs and Excise a “security” – requested in certain cases for VAT “which is or may become due”.

But Richard Tubman, of Causeway Road, Seaton, Workington, no longer faces legal action. West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court was told a prosecution was “not needed in the public interest”.

Geoffrey Tubman, a former chairman of Workington Town rugby league club, admitted 10 charges relating to the trading of Nuclear and Mechanical Services Ltd, known as Numech.

Tubman admitted 1,313 other offences, which district judge Gerald Chalk took into consideration at the earlier hearing at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in July. He was ordered to pay six separate compensation sums, ranging from £73.15 to £48,437.30.

Numech was launched in 2010. Its website lists Geoffrey Tubman as managing director while his son is named as operations director.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “In the light of the compensation order of £50,000 made against Geoffrey Tubman and his level of culpability in the offences, to which he pleaded guilty, it was no longer found to be in the public interest to prosecute his son Richard Tubman.”

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