By Tom Winnifrith | Friday 29 June 2018
Facing a raft of criminal charges for not paying her employees, Julie “lingerie on expenses” Meyer MBE has now refused to attend five court hearings and indeed has fled the island for good to avoid the Police who are now charged by the Courts with locating her. I can reveal that it is about to get a lot worse for Vince Cable’s favourite lying fraudster as new criminal charges are brought.
Julie’s new problem is with the Commissioner for Revenue, Malta’s equivalent of the HMRC. It is the duty of every company operating in Malta, including poxy little jokes like Ariadne Capital Group Limited, to collect what we, in the UK, might term PAYE on behalf of the Government. In Malta this is known as the Final Settlement System. It is a tax deduction methodology designed to produce accurate tax deductions from emoluments. This methodology ensures that the correct amount of tax is deducted from gross emoluments as they are received thus reducing the incidence of large refunds and tax bills arising from end of year tax assessments.
Under the FSS system, employers are obliged to deduct FSS tax and Social Security Contributions from their employees’ salaries and wages and forward such payments to the Commissioner on a monthly basis.
It now emerges that whilst Meyer was deducting FSS tax and social security contributions from her employee’s monthly pay cheques (when indeed she actually paid them which all too often she did not) she “forgot” to send on the sums withheld to the Commissioner. And that is a criminal offence.
By the end of October 2017 the sums owed were 77,000 Euro and the figure is now materially greater. I am led to believe that Meyer has tried to argue that, uniquely among companies on Malta, she paid her staff gross and that it was their responsibility to pay tax. Sadly for her a reconciliation of staff contracts and bank statements has driven a coach and horses through that lie.
And thus, we understand that the Commissioner’s lawyers have prepared a full set of criminal charges against Meyer as the sole director of ACGL and that they are likely to move this matter to the Courts shortly. Whether they will manage to persuade Ms Meyer to turn up on the island to clear her name is another matter.
If they seek evidence of a pattern of behaviour they may wish to look at the liabilities of Ariadne capital Limited of London now in administration. The administrator reports that it owed HMRC £471,089 as at 15 December 2017 in unpaid PAYE and National Insurance contributions. That is months and months and months of arrears. Ms Meyer has “form.”
As for Vince Cable, the man who defended the fraudster Rob Terry of Quindell demanding that we wicked bears who exposed him be prosecuted, he also now seems to have "form" in backing fraudsters. Hey Vince: is it your policy to reward folks who do not pay taxes owed & who lie & commit fraud by handing them an MBE and appointing them to Government Commissions? Time to ask for that MBE back don't you think old boy?
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