United Kingdom: Arrests as Newcastle and West Ham raided in £5m tax probe
Author(s): UNK | Date: April 26, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.bbc.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/uCMp2p | Type: Text
Newcastle United and West Ham United’s grounds have been raided in a fraud investigation.
Newcastle’s managing director Lee Charnley was among “several men within professional football” who were arrested. He was released without charge at about 17:00 BST.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) deployed 180 officers across the UK and France.
The BBC understands the suspected income tax and National Insurance fraud amounts to £5m.
HMRC said it searched premises in the north east and south east of England, and seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.
West Ham’s London Olympic Stadium and Newcastle’s St James’ Park were among the locations raided.