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Airline pilot to be prosecuted for duty evasion on cigarettes and alcohol


Lisa Rose, specialist prosecutor for the CPS Central Fraud Division, said: "Following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs, I have authorised charges against Andrew Dougall Creelman for the alleged fraudulent evasion of duty payable on alcohol and cigarettes.

"Andrew Creelman will face two counts contrary to Section 170(2)(a) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. The allegation is that between 16 October 2010 and 30 December 2011, Andrew Creelman was knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of chargeable duty on excise goods. One count relates to 16,400 king size filter cigarettes and the second count to 20 litres of spirits. The loss to the public revenue is estimated to be in excess of £3,400.

"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. I have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and a prosecution is in the public interest.

"He has been served with summons and will appear before City of London Magistrates Court on 23 October 2012.

"Andrew Creelman has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."