Ex-councillor Gordon Beurskens charged over fraud

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A FORMER West Lothian councillor has been indicted for alleged VAT frauds involving almost £25,000.

Gordon Beurskens is accused of committing three offences over a three-year period while he was acting as director of his own firm, ABW Consultants (Scotland) Ltd.

It is alleged the former Action to Save St. John’s Hospital member for Whitburn and Blackburn was knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of £16,527.11 VAT between February 1, 2008 and October 6, 2010.

The prosecution claims he submitted false documentation claiming VAT refunds for £48,976.00 of jobs by various firms, knowing the purchases and work detailed in his VAT returns were not genuine. The indictment also alleges that between October 1, 2010 and March 3, 2011, Beurskens obtained £8343.39 in VAT refunds by producing and submitted false invoices and documents to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

He is further alleged to have repeatedly produced false invoices and inducing HMRC employees to process them in an attempt to obtain a VAT refund amounting to £8343.39.

Beurskens, 51, of Rashierigg Place, Longridge, is due to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court on July 1 to answer the charges.