Michael & Doris Stainer Charged with Fraud

Michael and Doris Stainer (pictured below) have been charged with failing to pay income tax and national insurance contributions amounting to over £400,000 under two separate PAYE schemes between 2011 and 2015.

According to Courtnewsuk, the specialist courts and tribunals agency which monitors court cases throughout the UK, the Stainers appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court on April 6th and will appear again before Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday May 4th 2021.

The case is the culmination of events which started in July 2015 when the Stainers were arrested in the now notorious dawn raid, an event Stainer described as a ‘fishing expedition.

The prosecution counsel for the Crown Prosecution Service, Frances McCormack, said:

  • ‘The facts of this case relate to cheating of public revenue [and] is related to non-payment to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs for PAYE income tax and national insurance contributions, and fraud by false representation relating to the income tax and national insurance contributions.’

Westminster Magistrates’ Court also heard that the Stainers are further accused of falsely claiming the money had in fact been paid to HMRC on behalf of The Grand’s employees.

Both the Stainers appeared by video with Michel Stainer at the Grand, and Doris Stainer from a link from Germany.

Cheating the public revenue is a common law offence and in order to obtain a conviction, the prosecution only has to show that the defendant has made a false statement with the intention of defrauding HMRC. Positive acts are not required, and a failure to act can still amount to cheating the revenue. It carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison, depending on the category of seriousness.

According to the Sentencing Council, the high level of culpability occurs when:

· A leading role where offending is part of a group activity

· Involvement of others through pressure/influence

· Abuse of position of power or trust or responsibility

· Sophisticated nature of offence/significant planning

· Fraudulent activity conducted over sustained period of time

Both Mr & Mrs Stainer most certainly conducted their tax fiddle over a sustained period and some day very soon we will discover what punishment they’ll receive for their tax dodging escapades, if found guilty.

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5 Comments on Michael & Doris Stainer Charged with Fraud

  1. lookingaftermumblog // May 1, 2021 at 15:09 // Reply

    How refreshing to see that the end of the road for the Stainers and their disreputable supporters, which of course include local MP Damian Collins, is finally in view.

    Perhaps the Council will now look again at the Covid grants that were applied for fraudulently and have yet to be recovered. A breathtaking lack of due diligence from his mates in the Town Hall, particularly when the nature of the beast was well known to them. Oh and then there were the furlough payments claimed when staff were asked to “volunteer” for continuing to work………to be sure there are many more avenues to explore before we even get onto the subject of the many bankruptcies, encouraging squatters to enter The Grand, and other abuses of leaseholders too numerous to mention.

    Keep up the good work ShepwayVox 🙂

  2. Veritas // May 1, 2021 at 17:49 // Reply

    I am pleased to hear that there is a good chance that the Stainers are close to getting their comeuppance although it has taken HMRC four years to get there. I am however not sanguine that the FHDC will do anything. The have failed monumentally in the past to take any significant action against them much to the disgust of The Grand residents. When there was something they could not ignore such as gas cylinders outside the kitchen (needed because the gas supply had been cut, guess why!) they were given three days notice and the cylinders disappeared inside, probably more dangerous although did not offend any more against the listed building status.

  3. Exultant Eddy // May 1, 2021 at 22:58 // Reply

    How has this impacted on employees if their NIC and PAYE is unpaid? And what about unpaid VAT on their holiday let business. A couple turned up this week for a booking they’d made and discovered it was shut down. Hope they found Stainer’s front door

    • Meldrew // May 2, 2021 at 13:17 // Reply

      Current and existing employees should contact HMRC soonest and hopefully they will have kept either the P60, P45 and payslips.for their employment years.

      This is important because missing NIC contributions will affect State Pension entitlement years and Universal Credit entitlement.

  4. lookingaftermumblog // May 5, 2021 at 16:59 // Reply

    We hear on the grapevine that ex manager/Stainer apologist/leaseholder bully Robert RIchardson is claiming “he knew nothing” and claiming victim “me too” status. Obviously HMRC aren’t that interested in small fry like him, but it does stretch credibility right to its breaking point.

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