Duo held in fuel fraud probe
Two men from Armagh have been arrested and thousands of pounds in cash seized by Customs officials investigating a suspected multi-million pound fuel fraud.
The men were arrested following raids by HM Revenue and Customs on private addresses and filling stations in Co Armagh and Belfast on Wednesday morning.
Officers, using cash detection dogs, uncovered over £40,000 in cash in a kitchen cupboard at one of the private addresses, with further cash seizures at the commercial premises. Fuel, business records and computers were also seized.
John Whiting, assistant director, criminal investigation, HMRC said: “This operation is linked to investigations into the laundering and distribution of illicit fuel across Northern Ireland. Those involved in the illegal fuel trade are not providing a public service; it’s organised criminality, which impacts on local communities and legitimate businesses.”