Former UFC champion Ian Freeman in court over tax fraud

A FORMER ultimate fighting champion facing court for tax fraud broke down in tears as a friend described his charity work.

Ian Freeman

A FORMER ultimate fighting champion facing court for tax fraud broke down in tears as a friend described his charity work.

Burly Ian Freeman sobbed as David Scott told how he had helped his son Lewis, who is dying from cancer. Freeman was before Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced for a three-year tax fraud. The 42-year-old avoided paying income tax and national insurance by failing to declare his earnings as a successful fighter.

During that period, Freeman and his wife, a pharmacy assistant, also received £12,352 in tax credits to which they were not entitled.

In yesterday’s sentencing, Mr Scott described Freeman’s charity work helping his son, who has the condition rhabdomyosarcoma, in which cancerous cells can start growing in muscle tissue. Both Freeman and his wife admitted three joint counts of making fraudulent claims for tax credits, between January 30, 2003, and July 15, 2006.

Freeman also pleaded guilty to evading income tax by failing to declare his earnings, as well as falsely furnishing information relating to the mortgage application.

The former nightclub doorman was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for a year. He also received a 120-hour community service order and was given an electronic tag. His wife received a six-week community order and a tag.

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