Two Sentenced For Fuel Laundering Fraud In Newry

Two men have been sentenced for a £500,000 fuel laundering fraud in Newry.

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Two men have been sentenced for a £500,000 fuel laundering fraud in Newry.

The men left DNA and fingerprints traces at an illegal processing plant in Newry.

Ronan Kelly (34) of Park View, Cloughoge, and Barry Fegan (33) and of Bernish Crescent, Cloughoge, were arrested at a property on Forkhill Road in Newry by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers in July 2017.

A concealed fuel laundering plant and fuel sales point were uncovered during searches at the site and dismantled for inspection.

The underground plant held thousands of litres of laundered fuel in its tanks and more laundered oil was found in the fuel point and five vehicles on the site.

The pair pleaded guilty to all offences on 4 March 2020 at Newry Crown Court and were sentenced to six months suspended for each charge they faced when they appeared in the same court on 29 June 2020.