Four Belfast KPMG partners arrested in HMRC tax evasion probe
Four partners in the Belfast office of international accountancy firm KPMG have been arrested on suspicion of tax evasion.
The senior management figures have been placed on "administrative leave" after an investigation was launched by HM Revenue and Customs officers.
HMRC officers detained the men on a visit to the Belfast city centre office on Wednesday.
It is understood the partners are Jon D'Arcy, Eamonn Donaghy, Arthur O'Brien and Paul Hollway.
A KPMG spokesman said the company was "co-operating" with the HMRC investigation.
"It is important to emphasise that we do not have any indication that this investigation relates to the business of KPMG or the business of our clients," he added.
"Pending further information and enquiry, we can confirm that four partners in our Belfast office are on administrative leave.
"As the matter is on-going, KPMG is not in a position to make any further comment at this stage."
Away from KPMG, the four men set up their own property investment company in 2005.
A spokesman for HMRC said: "HMRC officers arrested four individuals from Northern Ireland yesterday in connection with suspected tax evasion. We can't comment further."