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Barrister Andrew Hill charged with £288,500 tax fraud

A barrister has been charged with a tax fraud amounting to £288,500, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

Andrew Charles Rowland Hill, 51, is accused of cheating the public revenue out of the money over the course of seven years, the CPS said.

A spokesman for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said Mr Hill was arrested nine weeks ago and was charged on Saturday at Acton police station in west London.

He will appear at City of London Magistrates' Court on 12 December.

CPS specialist fraud prosecutor George Barbary said: "The allegation relates to Andrew Hill having charged and been paid Value Added Tax (VAT) on services which he provided whilst practising as a barrister and then failing to declare or pass on to HMRC those payments of tax."

Mr Hill worked at Old Bailey Chambers.

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