A married couple have denied cheating the taxpayer out of nearly half a million pounds while running one of Folkestone’s most famous hotels, a court heard.
Michael Stainer, 74, and Doris Stainer, 60, allegedly applied tax deductions to the wages of 50 employees and pocketed the cash while running The Grand on the seafront of the south coast resort.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds ended up in their personal bank accounts and when previously asked about the debt, Mr Stainer claimed that paying it back would mean having to lay off employees.
The Stainers deny cheating the public revenue and fraud by false representation.
Hotel bosses and married couple Michael Stainer, 74, and Doris Stainer, 60 (pictured), are accused of cheating the tax payer out of £470,000 by allegedly applying tax deductions to the wages of employees and pocketing the difference
The couple ran The Grand in Folkestone (pictured), Kent, and employed more than 50 members of staff