Man charged after laundered diesel haul

A man allegedly caught with almost 4,000 litres of laundered diesel has been charged with evading duty, Revenue and Customs in the North said today.

A man allegedly caught with almost 4,000 litres of laundered diesel has been charged with evading duty, Revenue and Customs in the North said today.

Paul Flanaghan (aged 30) from near Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, was arrested last night after customs officers intercepted a Dublin-registered lorry carrying suspected illicit fuel from the Republic.

It was also running illegally on tax free diesel when intercepted near Moy, Co Armagh.

Customs assistant director John Whiting said: “HMRC takes very seriously the unfair and illegal practice of supplying laundered fuel. Laundered diesel is being sold at a reduced price and motorists may think they are getting a bargain because it is cheaper, but I would caution them to think again.

“The production of illicit fuel can cause considerable damage to the environment and there is also potential for serious damage to vehicle engines.”

Flanaghan, who lives at Lough Eglish, Co Monaghan, is due to appear at Newry Magistrates Court tomorrow morning facing charges of evading excise duty worth around £2,000 (€2,148) and involving 3,900 litres of fuel.

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