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A COUPLE due to appear in court accused of a £900,000 tax and national insurance fraud have had their court case put back.

Michael and Marina Scott, of Grovebury, Locks Heath, should have stood trial on December 1 for a fraud estimated at £950,000.

Mr Scott, 61, and Mrs Scott, 58, were the owners of Pixies Day Nursery in Locks Heath and Southampton at the time of the alleged fraud.

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 has been rescheduled for May after a key witness has had to undergo surgery.