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Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah left bankrupt after accountant bungled £650,000 tax bill

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SUGABABE Amelle Berrabah went bust after her accountant failed to deal with a £650,000 tax bill.

Amelle, 35, got a bankruptcy order in 2013 when Ben White did not file her returns to HMRC after the band split.

A tribunal heard that “cavalier” White had not tried to have it stopped, and lied that he did not receive her messages asking how her case was progressing.

Amelle, who joined the band in 2005, said management told her not to worry about finances.

She was “always given the impression that everything was being done”.

But the finances of the band, who had six No1 singles, “were in some disarray” when they broke up in 2011.

Curse of girl band

SEVERAL Sugababes have been dogged by troubles.

Mutya Buena, 34, pictured, was declared bankrupt by the High Court in 2014 after she failed to pay a tax bill.

Jade Ewen, 32, went bust in 2015 after investing in her music career.

Siobhan Donaghy, 35, the first to leave, said her bandmates “froze her out”.

Amelle believed Manchester-based White would sort them out. He claimed the star had “buried her head in the sand”.

But the Institute of Chartered Accountants said her bankruptcy “might have been avoided or postponed” if White had acted properly.

He was fined £7,500 with £83,000 in costs.

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