Couple charged with £950,000 nursery fraud

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A MARRIED couple who ran a nursery for children have been charged with fraud amounting to £950,000.

The pair jointly ran PiXies Day Nursery, in Locks Heath and Woolston, in Southampton.

Michael Scott, 61, and Marina Scott, 58, both of Grovebury, Locks Heath, were charged at Southampton Central Police Station on Friday.

They have been charged with insurance fraud estimated at £950,000, following an investigation by HMRC.

As previously reported in The News, the pair had been arrested last November on suspicion of fraud offences.

PiXies Day Nursery in Locks Road, Locks Heath, caters for around 100 children. The nursery was meant to be taken over by new owners after the couple’s arrest, however this transaction fell through in January and PiXies is still owned by Michael and Marina Scott.

The Scott’s were released on unconditional bail until Friday, August 9, when they are due to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

Investigations are continuing. Anyone with information about individuals who may be involved in National Insurance or tax fraud can contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.