Harry Redknapp 'Feigned Ignorance' Of Tax-Free Bungs Set Up In The Name Of His Dog
Football boss Harry Redknapp failed to declare his offshore bank account for six years after "feigning" ignorance during a high profile inquiry into football bungs, a court heard today.
He previously only mentioned the Monaco account as he was quizzed during the Premier League-led investigation, jurors were told.
John Black QC, prosecuting, said Redknapp "was feigning almost complete ignorance of its existence" as the Quest inquiry under former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens took place in 2006.
Mr Black asked jurors to consider whether "is it the case that Mr Redknapp could be unaware of the bank account" when he had flown out to Monaco just a couple of years earlier to set it up in the name of his dog, Rosie.
Despite two separate inquiries into his finances - the first launched in the wake of his receipt of a £300,000 "gift" after Rio Ferdinand signed for Leeds United from West Ham - Redknapp only registered the account to tax inspectors after his arrest in 2008.
Mr Black told Southwark Crown Court: "The existence of the bank account was not registered to Revenue and Customs for a period of six years, two months... after Mr Redknapp was first arrested and questioned in the course of this investigation."