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Regulator prosecutes over pension payments

Regulator prosecutes over pension payments

An accountant is to appear in court charged with fraud and making employer-related investments - the first time The Pensions Regulator has prosecuted for these offences.

Roger Bessent is accused of abusing his position as the director of Gleeson Bessent Trustees Ltd, a professional pension scheme trustee, to transfer more than £200,000 of pension scheme funds into his bank account and those of companies controlled by him.

The funds were transferred from the Focusplay Retirement Benefit Scheme, the sponsoring employer of which was Gleeson Bessent (Accountants and Business Advisers) Ltd where Mr Bessent was a director.

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Mr Bessent, 66, whose business is based in Preston, faces five counts of fraud by abuse of position and five counts of making employer related investments.

He has been summonsed to appear at Preston Magistrates' Court on January 30, 2019.

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