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Edgware woman sentenced for role in fuel scam
A WOMAN from Edgware has received a suspended jail term for laundering the proceeds of a Â£10million fuel duty scam.
Tammy Fernie, 37, of Hillside Drive, Edgware, helped wash the money earned by a fraud scheme in which low duty fuel was treated to remove the chemical dye and then sold on as legitimate road diesel on which it looked as though duty had been paid.
The criminal profits were then put through a range of business bank accounts and cheque cashing companies in an attempt to disguise their origins.
Fernie was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, suspended for one year, and ordered to carry out 100 hours community service, after admitting money laundering at Liverpool Crown Court.
Stephen Boyd, 45 of Portaferry in Northern Ireland, was jailed for 20 months after admitting money laundering and Gerald Dunphy, 31, of Whitefield Avenue, Brent Cross, received 12 months, suspended for one year, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service.
Edward Kennedy, 58, of Armagh in Northern Ireland, admitting conspiring to fraudulently evading excise duty and was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 150 hours community service
Mike O'Grady, assistant director of criminal investigation at HMRC, said: "Fuel laundering is unregulated and dangerous but this gang was motivated solely by greed and personal gain, costing us all, as taxpayers, millions of pounds in stolen revenue.
"Cheap, laundered fuel is no bargain. It undercuts honest businesses and has devastating effects on the environment when the toxic by-products of the laundering process are dumped in the countryside."
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