Newry PSNI and Council welcome fraud conviction

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Newry PSNI and Newry and Mourne District Council have welcomed the conviction of two men at the local Magistrates’ Court for fraud. A 44 year old man and 43 year old man pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud each in relation to the disposal of unauthorised waste into Aughnagun Council Landfill Site, Newry between May and August 2011. The 44 year old man was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for three years, on each count of fraud by false representation. The 43 year old man was also sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for three years, on each count of fraud by abuse of position. Detective Constable McKay, Newry CID, said, “This conviction shows how effective and successful we are in tackling crime when we work together with our partner agencies. “In this case Newry and Mourne District Council conducted an investigation into allegations of fraudulent disposal of unauthorised waste at Aughnagun Council Landfill Site. “Their investigation revealed a council waste disposal vehicle depositing private waste from premises in Mayobridge into the council landfill site, meaning the private waste contractor avoided paying landfill charges,” McKay explained. “Newry and Mourne District Council contacted PSNI to make a complaint and supplied the evidence that had been gathered. We launched our criminal investigation which resulted in the arrest, charge and conviction of two men. Detective Constable McKay added, “This would not have been possible without the support and co-operation of the Newry and Mourne Council. “This conviction and sentence should send a clear message to waste disposal contractors that this type of activity will not be tolerated and that those who indulge in these practices will face the full vigour of the law.” In addition to the sentence handed down in court, restitution was made by both parties to Newry and Mourne District Council for £25,000 plus costs.
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