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THE owners of a children’s nursery have pleaded not guilty to a huge National Insurance fraud.

Michael and Marina Scott, of Grovebury, Locks Heath, appeared at Southampton Crown Court yesterday charged with an Income Tax and National Insurance fraud estimated at £950,000.

Michael Scott, 61, and Marina Scott, 58, the owners of Pixies Day Nursery, were charged at Southampton Central Police Station on July 12, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Mrs Scott is charged with failing to disclose that National Insurance contributions or Pay as You Earn payments on behalf of staff had not been accounted for.

Mr Scott is accused of abusing his position as an employer in which he was expected to safeguard the financial interests of his employees, or HMRC, by failing to account for National Insurance contributions or Pay as You Earn payments.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between April 2007 and November 2011.

They both deny the charges.

A trial, which is expected to last two weeks, has been scheduled for Southampton Crown Court on June 16.