Northern Ireland

Specialist doctor Francis D'Arcy admits 'cheating public revenue'

Laganside

A former specialist doctor has admitted cheating on his taxes.

Dr Francis Gerard D'Arcy, 73, from Malone Road, Belfast, is to be sentenced next month.

Dr D'Arcy, who worked as an ear, nose and throat specialist, pleaded guilty to four charges at the Crown Court in Belfast on Thursday.

No details were given in court, but it is understood the case involves income tax payments of more than £400,000.

A defence lawyer said that while the sums of money involved were "quite substantial", the cash had been repaid in full to the revenue.

As a consequence, there would be "no proceeds of crime applications", he said.

He also told the judge that, in addition to "a bundle" of medical reports handed into court for consideration, he would ask for a pre-sentence probation report.

Dr D'Arcy was released on continuing bail.

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