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News - 23 August 2013

Crackdown on Fuel fraud continues.

A 51-year-old man had been arrested and interviewed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers after the discovery of a fuel laundering plant in County Down last week.

The plant, capable of producing around 250,000 litres of illicit fuel a year, was hidden in farm buildings in the Banbridge area. It was dismantled and 750 litres of fuel, a fuel pump and 1,000 litres of waste were seized. In follow up searches a further 600 litres of fuel, a fuel
storage tank, pumping equipment and a taxi were also seized.

John Whiting, Assistant Director Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:
“Our activity over the last few weeks has stopped a large amount of laundered fuel entering the legitimate market, preventing further revenue loss and helping our legitimate traders fight unfair competition. The waste products from the laundering process can cause considerable damage to the environment.

“Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime, but also supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities. If anyone has information about fuel fraud in their area we would encourage them to contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

Mike Twomey, Marketing Manager of ABDS comments:
“Red diesel is marked gas oil or a rebated fuel for use in agricultural machinery and not for use in road vehicles. Green diesel is the Republic of Ireland equivalent of the UK’s red diesel.
Laundered fuel is diesel (red or green) which has been filtered through chemicals or acids to remove the Government marker. The chemicals and acids remain in the fuel and can damage fuel pumps in diesel cars.”

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