Andrew Tate and brother Tristan accused of evading tax on £21 million empire

Social media influencers Andrew and Tristan Tate are facing allegations of not paying any tax on £21 million revenue from their online businesses.

Devon and Cornwall Police have launched a civil claim against the brothers and an unidentified third party, known only as J, for unpaid taxes, according to a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The police force is attempting to recover around £2.8 million from seven frozen bank accounts.

Sarah Clarke KC, representing Devon and Cornwall Police, labelled the Tate brothers as "Andrew Tate and Tristan Tate are serial tax and VAT evaders.", adding that they were particularly brazen about it. It's alleged that the duo didn't pay any tax in any country on the £21 million revenue generated from their online businesses between 2014 and 2022.

Clarke cited a video posted by Andrew Tate online where he stated: "When I lived in England I refused to pay tax."

He reportedly said his strategy was to "ignore, ignore, ignore because in the end they go away".

Andrew Tate walking in front of his brother Tristan
Andrew Tate walks with his brother Tristan, right, while waiting for a hearing inside the Court of Appeals building in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) -Credit:Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

The court also learned that the brothers had "a huge number of bank accounts" in the UK, with seven currently frozen. Clarke explained that money was "washed around UK bank accounts", which were used "as a mechanism for moving revenues from their business activities through a wide number of accounts".

She told the court: "That's what tax evasion looks like, that's what money laundering looks like,".

The funds originated from products they sold online as well as their OnlyFans sites, the court heard.

The Tates stand accused of tax evasion and money laundering in both the UK and Romania, as heard in court.

Allegedly, the brothers deposited just shy of 12 million US dollars into an account under J's name, and even opened a second account in her name, despite her having no involvement in their business operations.

Devon and Cornwall Police claim this to be a case of fraud by false representation.

The proceedings are civil in nature, requiring a lower standard of proof than criminal cases.

Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring will determine, based on the balance of probabilities, whether the police's claims hold water.

J is also said to have moved funds through her own account, including one transaction of £805,000 made to her Revolut account, as heard in court.

Out of this, £495,000 was allegedly paid to Andrew Tate, and £75,000 to an account under J's name, which was later converted into cryptocurrency.

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