Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cheating Surveyor Expelled

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cheating Surveyor Expelled

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Byline: By Paul Mcmillan

A disgraced surveyor was today exposed as a cheat.

In a pioneering prosecution, Jeffrey Bell, 45, of Langley Moor, County Durham, pleaded guilty to five sample charges of false accounting.

He understated the gross takings of hotels and pubs by between pounds 20,000 and pounds 100,000, resulting in an under-assessment of business rates.

The actual business rates losses on the five properties the chartered surveyor pleaded guilty to amount to around pounds 44,000, but it has been estimated the potential overall loss could amount to several hundred thousand pounds.

After a hearing at Teesside Crown Court in 2002, Bell, who operated a rating advice business across the country but mainly in the North East, was fined pounds 4,500.

Now the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors, the profession's standards body, has announced it has expelled him from the organisation.

Bell was also ordered to pay a further pounds 4,500 towards the cost of the disciplinary hearing.

In a statement, the RCIS confirmed the action was as a result of the crown court conviction a disciplinary board found contradicted one of its bye laws. …

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