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Queen's Counsel to face charge over £600,000 VAT fraud


Keri Ashworth-Beaumont, prosecutor for the CPS Central Fraud Division, said: "I have advised HM Revenue and Customs that Rohan Anthony Pershad QC should be prosecuted for a single office of cheating the public revenue.

"The allegation is that between 1 June 1999 and 24 September 2011, Rohan Anthony Pershad did cheat the public revenue of approximately £600,000. The evidence suggests that he charged and received VAT payments on services he provided whilst practising as a barrister but which he knowingly failed to declare or pay to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. This is an offence contrary to common law.

"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. After careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.

"He will appear before Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on 2 August 2012.

"Rohan Anthony Pershad has now been summonsed on a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."