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Businessman accused of 6m fraud

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Shahid and Jayne Ramzan are due back in court in September

A Dundee businessman has appeared in court accused of dodging more than £6m of VAT payments.

Shahid Ramzan, 36, also faces charges of breaching the Proceeds of Crime Act by moving almost £115m out of Scotland.

The offences are allegedly linked to a web of global firms trading in computer parts, mobile phones and accessories.

Co-accused Jayne Ramzan, 36, also from Dundee, is accused of evading VAT payments of £3.2m. The pair deny the charges against them.

The offences are alleged to have been committed between September 2002 and July 2004.

Lawyers told the High Court in Edinburgh that they were still wading through hundreds of pages of paperwork and accountants' reports and asked judge Lord Philip for more time to prepare.

The pair are due back in court in September.

Among the companies listed in the charges are Cortachy Wholesales Ltd, Global Communications Ltd, Glam Entertainments Ltd and Happyhillock Ltd.

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