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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Father and son factory bosses facing VAT charges

A father and son have appeared in court in connection with VAT offences.

Geoff Tubman photo
Geoff Tubman

Former Workington Town chairman Geoffrey Tubman, 60, of Portland Square, Workington and Richard Tubman, 29, of Causeway Road, Seaton, have appeared before magistrates in Workington.

The pair face 10 charges each, relating to the trading of their company, Nuclear & Mechanical Services Ltd, based in Workington.

The charges apply to goods supplied by the company, when it had not paid the Commissioners of Customs and Excise a “security” in the sum of £81,150. A security is requested by HMRC in certain cases for VAT “which is or may become due” from a company.

The offences are all under the Value Added Tax Act 1994 and date between October 2010 and June 2012.

The company’s website lists Geoffrey Tubman as managing director of the company, while his son is named as operations director.

Nuclear & Mechanical Services Ltd, known as Numech, was launched in 2010. The family formerly ran Tubros, providing engineering services for the steel manufacturing industry in the area, for 33 years.

Geoffrey Tubman’s brother, Richard Bernard Tubman, 62, from Cockermouth, launched Tubros with him in the 1970s.

He was originally listed to appear alongside his brother and nephew on Wednesday, charged with the same 10 offences but all of these have been withdrawn.

Neither Geoffrey nor the younger Richard Tubman entered a plea when they appeared in court and the case was adjourned until June 26.

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