Saturday, January 16, 2021

Former Scottish Tory treasurer charged with laundering criminal proceeds through local party associations

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A former Tory party branch treasurer has been charged with money laundering more than £200,000 through two local Conservative Party associations.

Malcolm Macaskill, 61, allegedly sent cash deposits said to be from criminal property to the Rutherglen and Cambuslang Conservative Association and The Glasgow Conservative Forum before it is claimed sending out numerous cheques to a snack shop’s bank account.

Prosecutors claim the payments were made while he was treasurer and deputy chairman of the associations between September 2005 and December 2013.

One charge alleges 11 cheques were made out to “Kwik Snax” from The Rutherglen and Cambuslang Conservative Association general account with a value of £8,617.

The charge goes on to claim a £9,107 cash payment was also authorised and was done to “disguise criminal property.”

Another charge claims 52 cheques totalling £193,790 were made out to Kwik Snax and a further two cheques worth £6,300 were sent to a “Mr Macaskill.”

Malcolm and co-accused Moya Macaskill, 60, face further accusations of submitting various false VAT return forms which it is alleged authorised repayments of £864,971.72 which they were not entitled through a company named Bigga Bites Ltd between December 2005 and March 2014.

A separate charge claims the cash was used in payment for business expenditure as well as transferring funds into personal bank accounts.

Co-accused Louise Macaskill, 60, is also said to have “acquired cash from the alleged fraudulent scheme” between January 2005 and March 2014.

She is said to have made payments to her own bank account in the name of Louise Campbell.

The trio pled not guilty to the charges at a hearing in Glasgow Sheriff Court.

A further hearing was set for January next year by Sheriff Joseph Platt.

Malcolm and Louise, from Cambuslang, and Moya, from Rutherglen, had their bail continued meantime.

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