A conveyancing solicitor who falsified SDLT documents to pocket stamp duty payments intended for HMRC totalling £311,862 has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.This is the final act in a drama which started in 2012 when solicitor Munpreet Singh Virdee, a now former director of Reemans Solicitors, began under-declaring stamp duty payments made to him by clients.This continued until 2016. Virdee was later found to have doctored 36 forms in order to achieve the tax fraud, funds from which were used to prop up his ailing legal business, he admitted to investigators.This meant Reemans only paid £196,123 in tax instead of the full £463,335 to HMRC.But investigators finally caught up with him and Virdee was arrested two years ago and had to sell his home to pay back the stamp duty monies owed totalling approximately £225,000.DisqualifiedThe 49-year-old was later disqualified from being a director of company for six years and his company liquidated.Despite his contrition and repayment of the mis-appropriated funds, a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has now decided to strike off Virdee.The tribunal said: “His misconduct was deliberate, calculated, repeated and had continued over a significant period of time. He had concealed his conduct from those with whom he worked. “When initially contacted by HMRC, he explained to his colleagues and to HMRC that the shortage in the payments had been made in error when he knew that was not the case.”“[Virdee] breached the trust placed in him by his clients to pay the full level of duty they owed; [he] was fully and solely responsible for his conduct and was an experienced solicitor whose misconduct arose from planned and deliberate acts.”Read the judgement in full.conveyancing solicitor Reemans Solicitors Munpreet Singh Virdee solicitor struck off stamp duty fraud August 19, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Conveyancing solicitor struck off over stamp duty fraud previous nextRegulation & LawConveyancing solicitor struck off over stamp duty fraudMunpreet Singh Virdee, a now former director of Reemans Solicitors, began under-declaring stamp duty payments made to him by clients in 2012.Nigel Lewis19th August 202001,795 Views
The joint program between Batesville High School, Ivy Tech and local manufacturers was highlighted in a U.S. News & World Report article.BATESVILLE – The local initiative aimed at training the next generation of manufacturing associates is getting major exposure.The program was recently the focus of an article in U.S. News & World Report.Author Katherine Peralta highlighted the program between Batesville High School, Ivy Tech Community College and area manufacturers. The publication notes how the program contributes to relieving the skills gap facing the manufacturing sector.A recent Manufacturing Institute survey revealed more than 75 percent of companies reported a moderate to severe shortage of skilled laborers. The average age of manufacturing workers is approximately 44 while the average age range of skilled machinists and welders is closer to 50, according to the report.The launch of Batesville’s program can lead to a solution as many manufacturers planning to increase domestic production within the next five years will soon face retirement of many skilled workers.In the article, Batesville Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts said between 70 and 80 percent of the school’s graduating seniors plan to attend college. Rather than just focus on high college attendance numbers, administrators are taking a realistic approach to the job market.Many students participating in the local program could be a semester short of an associate degree upon completion. Student Brett Fledderman, 17, is taking part in the program and was featured in the U.S. News & World Report.Brett’s uncle, Batesville Tool & Die’s president and CEO Jody Fledderman, said the goal of the program is prepare students with industry skills while creating skilled workers with some experience for employment.The U.S. News & World Report article is available here.
Arsenal Legend, Tony Adams, who was in the country to help launch the third season of Airtel’s grassroots football initiative, Airtel Rising Stars, paid a courtesy call on the Vice President, Kwesi Amissah – Arthur at his office at the Flagstaff House in Accra.The Arsenal Legend met with the Vice President in the company of the British High Commissioner, Managing Director and other Officials from Airtel Ghana.Tony Adams who played for the ‘Gunners’ for 22 years and captained them for 14 years was extremely delighted to be informed that the Vice President was an ardent fan of Arsenal FC. After much spirited talk among the whole group present about Arsenal and its performance so far, the football legend then added that his main purpose for being in the country was to launch the third season of the Airtel Rising Stars, and to interact with Arsenal fans through media interviews and a fan park where there was a live screening at the handball court at the University of Ghana, Legon of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal.The Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, Philip Sowah, stated that Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) was a football initiative sponsored by Airtel in partnership with Samsung which sought to unearth bright soccer talents from the grass roots level and nurture them into becoming football stars.According to him, the current Black Maidens team Captain Priscilla Okyere who led her team to a bronze medal at the FIFA U – 17 world football tournament was a product of the previous season of ARS as well as others who were now successfully playing for the country’s U-17 male and female football teams.The team from Airtel then presented the Veep with a framed jersey autographed by all current players of the Arsenal Football team. The Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur thanked the team for the kind gesture.
Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal says the Champions League play-off with Club Brugge is the most important test of his Manchester United career so far.Brugge visit Old Trafford on Tuesday night before the tie concludes at the Jan Breydel Stadium next Wednesday.United are big favourites to see off the Belgians over two legs but Van Gaal is not taking them lightly and knows failure to reach the competition proper will be a disaster for himself and the club.“Of course,” Van Gaal said when asked if this was his most significant fixture since taking charge at Old Trafford.“I have already explained, the players want to participate (in the Champions League) and the board wants to participate, but especially the fans want to participate so the pressure is high.”History suggests United should have an easy ride. The aggregate score of their last three home games against Belgian opponents is 18-1.Brugge’s squad has been decimated by injury in the build-up to the match, and they needed a stoppage-time winner to beat KV Kortrijk on Friday.Van Gaal could have been draw against Lazio or Monaco in the play-off, but is still wary of the threat the Belgians will pose.“I think it is a difficult draw,” he said.“Brugge can defend very well and they can attack also, so it shall be a difficult match and that is why the pressure is high.”Brugge playmaker Victor Vazquez is hoping to deal a blow to his old coach on Tuesday.Most of the players in the Brugge team will be unfamiliar to United fans, but Van Gaal knows all about Vazquez.The Spaniard was coming through Barcelona’s famous youth academy, La Masia, during Van Gaal’s two spells as head coach of the Catalan giants.Vazquez has brief but positive memories of the Dutchman, who highlighted the 28-year-old as one of Brugge’s main threats at his pre-match press conference on Monday.”It’s always nice to hear about the big ones,” said Vazquez when asked about Van Gaal’s positive comments about him.”I met him in Barcelona. I was young, maybe 11 or 12 years old but my impression was that he was a really hard coach with a lot of character and personality, just like he is now.”I didn’t meet him a lot of times but I think he is one of the biggest coaches in football, for sure.”Brugge, who are managed by former Belgium goalkeeper Michel Preud’homme, are without eight players through injury.United’s only absentee is Phil Jones, who is out with mild thrombosis.