Man accused of £75,000 tax fraud while in charge of gym

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court (stock Image). Picture: GREGG BROWN

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court (stock Image). Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A man has been accused of fraudulently claiming more than £75,000 in VAT returns while operating a gym.

Steven Corbersmith appeared at magistrates’ court in Ipswich on Tuesday, charged with fraud by false representation over a three-year period.

The 41-year-old is accused of dishonestly making false representations that VAT returns were genuinely due from the Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs during a period between February 1, 2013 and May 3, 2016, intending to gain £75,165.16.

The accusation relates to VAT claims made on behalf of SLC Health and Fitness Club, in Walton-on-the-Naze, where the court heard Corbersmith was a director.

Giving a care-of address in Maidstone Road, Felixstowe, he entered no plea to the charge, which magistrates’ said was unsuitable for summary trial.

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Corbersmith was granted unconditional bail until his first appearance at Ipswich Crown Court on April 24.

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