Garlic importer to appeal against six-year jail sentence

An appeal has heard the six-year jail term being served by a Dublin businessman for a €1.6m tax scam on garlic is the longest ever in a Revenue matter.

Garlic importer to appeal against six-year jail sentence

An appeal has heard the six-year jail term being served by a Dublin businessman for a €1.6m tax scam on garlic is the longest ever in a Revenue matter.

Paul Begley of Begley Brothers Ltd, from Redgap, Rathcoole, Co Dublin is challenging the severity of his sentence.

Paul Begley's lawyers claim his six-year sentence is disproportionate.

The 46-year-old businessman, today dressed in a pin-striped suit and black overcoat, was jailed in March for his role in a tax scam on imported garlic.

The head of Ireland's largest fruit and vegetable producers Begley Brothers asked suppliers to label containers of garlic as apples to avoid the enormously high duties he would have to pay on garlic.

The court's being told he got the maximum penalty on one of the charges despite his plea of guilty and the reparation payments he is making to the Revenue Commissioners.

His counsel, Patrick Gageby, said the sentencing Judge Martin Nolan erred in not taking these matters into account and decided instead to impose a harsh sentence partly as a deterrent to others.

In , the DPP's legal team later said that the tax scam is at the very highest end in terms of figures that have come before the courts and they claim it caused a competitive disadvanctage to others

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