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Court date set for accountant accused of misleading TPR

Ref: PN19-51

Issued: Thursday 12 December 2019

An accountant accused of misleading The Pensions Regulator (TPR) after he failed to enrol staff into a pension is facing prosecution.

Paul Eugene Rewrie, 58, of Crewkerne in Somerset, has been charged with knowingly or recklessly providing false or misleading information to TPR.

Mr Rewrie, the sole director of accountancy company PR Finance And Development Ltd, formerly Paul Rewrie Ltd, was the accountant for a Cambridge-based, family-run company and was hired to enrol its staff into a pension scheme. He is accused of falsely declaring that staff at the company had been enrolled into a workplace pension scheme, when he knew that was not the case.

Providing false or misleading information to TPR is an offence under section 80 of the Pensions Act 2004.

It is the third case TPR has brought against an accountant for providing false or misleading information.

Mr Rewrie is facing one charge of knowingly providing false or misleading information to TPR. He is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on 8 January 2020.

Notes for editors

  1. All UK employers are required by law to put eligible staff into a pension scheme and pay minimum employer pension contributions. This is called automatic enrolment because the employer is required to do it without any input from the worker.
  2. Employers have a legal duty to complete a declaration of compliance when they have complied with their duties and automatically enrolled eligible staff into a workplace pension.
  3. Knowingly or recklessly providing false or misleading information to TPR about compliance with automatic enrolment duties is an offence under section 80 of the Pensions Act 2004.
  4. The offence carries an unlimited fine if heard at a magistrates court, and either an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison if the case is heard in a crown court.
  5. TPR is the regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK. Our statutory objectives are: to protect members’ benefits; to reduce the risk of calls on the Pension Protection Fund (PPF); to promote, and to improve understanding of, the good administration of work-based pension schemes; to maximise employer compliance with automatic enrolment duties; and to minimise any adverse impact on the sustainable growth of an employer (in relation to the exercise of TPR’s functions under Part 3 of the Pensions Act 2004 only).

Press contacts

Ciara Bridge-Butler

Media Officer (AE)
pressoffice@tpr.gov.uk
01273 662018

Matt Adams

Media Relations Manager
pressoffice@tpr.gov.uk
01273 662086

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