“This gang thought they could exploit rules for genuine British filmmakers and thieve from the public purse for their own gain”

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When the BBC report notes that the actress/producer sentenced to 5 years 5 months, reduced to 4 years 8 months, for her part in a £2.8million VAT and film tax credits scam, was “from London”, what they mean is that she was from Newry, with an address in London – as UTV correctly reported[I blame the PA copy - Ed]  Perhaps…

What neither mentioned, but both the Irish Times and the Irish News do report today, is that the actress involved, Aoife Madden, is the neice of a current Member of Parliament – namely Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy.  That was revealed a week ago by Suzanne Breen in the Irish Mail on Sunday – transcribed here by Newshound.

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  • jthree

    I see Gary and Phil Neville’s dad has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault. Which I guess has as much to do with them as Ms Madden’s conviction has to do with her uncle.

  • Dec

    ‘A Landscape of Lies’ is a roller coaster of secrets that will draw you into its seedy world of power, lies and betrayal.’

    I think an ‘Indeed’ is in order here.

    http://mattjhorn.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/aoife-madden-a-landscape-of-lies-2011/

  • Carrickmoreman

    My aunt was once arrested for driving while impaired. That must mean I’m a bad driver as well.

  • Mick Fealty

    Life imitating art? Nice find Dec…

  • sherdy

    I think there could be a film made from this story!

  • http://redfellow.blogspot.com Malcolm Redfellow

    Anyone spotted that Evolved Pictures’ 2010 accounts were audited by Deloitte? It seems Deloitte only voiced suspicions when it came to court, or as one UK film tax expert “noted”: “If all the entries were not genuine you would have expected Deloitte to have picked that up.”

    For me the choicest quote (all from that same ScreenDaily source) is:

    Christine Corner, a partner at media and entertainment accountants Grant Thornton, said: “I think the crazy thing they (the producers) did was they went for such a big budget film. If you’re making a £20 million film in the UK, that’s a big deal.

    “There are fraudsters in all industry sectors not just film. It is up to auditors, investors and the tax authorities to be alert to this.”

    Implication: next time do it on a £2m budget, then repeat as often as you can.

  • Mick Fealty

    Another good find Malcolm… Amazing what comes up when the dredgers get weaving.. ;-)

  • 6crealist

    Talking of tedious links, anyone found one between the thread’s author and the SDLP yet?

  • http://redfellow.blogspot.com Malcolm Redfellow

    6crealist @ 10:00 pm:

    Why should that be relevant?

    Yep: I’ve had ‘issues’ with young Master Baker’s past posts. For anyone of decency, this one, though, is beyond any kind of political reproach.

    The good news is that Aoife Madden pled ‘guilty’. My ‘legal friend’ (a.k.a.the Pert Young Piece) wonders whether she therefore has grounds for appeal against sentence.

  • 6crealist

    Malcolm

    it’s in the interests of full disclosure. I’ll leave it to Pete.

    I have no time for Sinn Fén – particularly Chinny Murphy with all of his recent indiscretions – but I find Pete’s thinly veiled gloating over O’Neill’s recourse to the British military are a bit galling – even sickening. Animals are dying, livelihoods wrecked. But let’s stick the boot in at SF.

  • tomthumbuk

    Family indicretions amongst Sinn Fein big wigs seem to be a recurring theme.
    Think Adams, McGuinness, Meehan,et al.
    It just shows you, you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose…etc etc

  • redhugh78

    Why is it worth noting that a person convicted of fraud was a niece of an elected SF politician here but an actual TUV elected politician getting recently convicted for child sex offences was deemed a no go area?

    Disgraceful double standards yet again.

    One rule for one, eh Mick?

  • babyface finlayson

    On the face of it I can’t see why this woman’s uncle is any more relevant to the story than Nigel Lutton’s uncle was relevant to his candidacy.
    Is there any suggestion that Conor Murphy has done anything improper in this?
    Or is it just a case of what the public are interested in, rather than what is in the public interest?

  • FDM

    “is the neice of a current Member of Parliament – namely Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy.’

    ——————————————

    That reads like something that Wullie Frazer would write.

    “Don Conor Murphy masterminds film-fraud about horse burgers made by the IRA using his family connections…

    Scrape, scrape.

    That’ll be another sub-standard post to add to Petes ever growing list.

  • son of sam

    Does Pete have a particular licence to coat trail that other posters have not?

  • Barnshee

    “On the face of it I can’t see why this woman’s uncle is any more relevant to the story than Nigel Lutton’s uncle was relevant to his candidacy.”

    Its however nice to have ones prejudices and perceptions confirmed

  • 6crealist

    Still no disclosure from Pete.

    *shakes head*

  • Old Mortality

    Have to agree that the link to Conor Murphy is specious especially since an Irish woman of her age could easily have 20 uncles if you count the in-law ones.
    Still I doubt whether Murphy will be rushing to condemn her.
    Is film fraud what fuel launderers move into when they get an education?
    You can take the girl out of South Armagh…..

  • babyface finlayson

    Barnshee
    “Its however nice to have ones prejudices and perceptions confirmed””.
    It is indeed. Fortunately I am free of prejudice and totally lacking in any perception.:>)

  • FDM

    Have they sent Michelle O’Neill’s chinooks out to find Pete?

  • ArdoyneUnionist

    Is this art imitating life or life imitating art???
    I wonder will they ask for VAT relief???
    Maybe another date with destiny???
    So many questions???

    Jailed Aoife Madden plans new movie… about her £3m tax con.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/jailed-aoife-madden-plans-new-movie-about-her-3m-tax-con-29156974.html