Four men from Northern Ireland were allegedly involved in a huge red diesel fuel scam, a court in England has heard.
The plot involves more than 10 people, with millions of pounds of duty being evaded, said Brian Cummings, QC.
Six men are on trial at Liverpool Crown Court denying conspiring to evade paying duty on diesel and two women and another man are alongside them denying money laundering charges.
It is claimed that Stephen Boyd (45), of Portaferry, Co Down, John Flood (36), of Umgola Manor, Armagh, and James Scallon, also 36, of Linen Green, Armagh, were in overall control of the plot from Northern Ireland.
The fourth local man, Robert Peoples (41), of Ardnamoyle Park, Londonderry, allegedly allowed his name and details to be used, for a fee, to set up Foyle Distribution — the principal bogus company involved in ordering the rebated fuels of red diesel and kerosene.
They have denied the conspiracy charge.
“The main people behind the fraud are from Northern Ireland” Mr Cummings said.