A DISGRACED accountant claims he is being used as a scapegoat by a businessman facing jail over a £56,000 tax dodge.
Kishor Doshi dismissed accusations that he left Joseph Dellett in a “big financial hole” that landed him in court.
Dellett, 50, has pleaded guilty to fraudulently evading £18,191 income tax and £38,151 VAT between January 2008 and June 2011.
In court, Dellett’s barrister claimed his client got into a hole because of Mr Doshi’s advice, which was labelled “less than professional”.
But, speaking from his offices in Millfield today, Mr Doshi dismissed the claims, claiming Dellett was trying to use his fall from grace in the hope of getting a lighter sentence.
The 62-year-old told the Echo: “He knows that I was disgraced a couple of years ago and is using that in the hope of getting sympathy from the judge.”
Doshi was jailed in 2011 after illegally tipping off Sunderland security boss Ernie Bewick that he was under investigation.
He was initially jailed for 18 months after becoming the first person in the country to be convicted of prejudicing a covert money-laundering inquiry under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The term was sliced to one year on appeal.
Now back working at his city office, Mr Doshi claimed: “I have been in touch with my solicitor about what’s been said in court by Mr Dellett’s barrister because it’s not true.
“He was a client of mine only up until 2006 and I actually reported him to Customs and Excise over his failure to register for VAT back then.
“I also contacted the Inland Revenue in 2007 to let them know I was no longer acting for him.
“So, I feel shocked that he has used my name as part of his defence.
“It seems he’s put the blame onto me because of what’s happened in the past.”
Mr Doshi was disqualified from being director of a company for four years following his conviction.
The accountant was a tax adviser to Mr Bewick, who was investigated by police between December 2007 and the start of 2010.
As part of their investigation they served a “production order” on Mr Doshi in November 2009, which demanded that he give up all of Mr Bewick’s accounts and records.
Despite the order explicitly preventing him from informing Mr Bewick, Doshi rang him the next day, alerting him to the investigation.
Police spotted the 20-minute call on Doshi’s phone records and later arrested him. He admitted having told Mr Bewick, but said he had done so mistakenly because he had not read the order fully.
Bewick, who was jailed in 1999 for manslaughter, provided security services to almost every pub and club in Sunderland but did not have the correct licence due to his conviction.
He was ordered to pay £550,000 from his security business empire – or face five years in jail.
The 58-year-old had admitted engaging in licensable conduct as a company director otherwise in accordance with a licence.
His conviction meant prosecutors could then pursue him under the Proceeds of Crime Act, which last year resulted in him being ordered by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court to pay back £550,000 of the profits he has made.