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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Ex-company boss must pay back £500,000 proceeds of crime

A haulage boss who conspired with others in a major tachograph scam has been told to pay back £500,000.

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William Ross

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William Ross, 42, of Easton, Wigton, was jailed for two years and banned from being a company director for five years in December last year for his part in the conspiracy.

He has now been ordered to hand over the cash after a judge at Carlisle Crown Court ruled that Ross had benefitted by this amount from his criminal activities.

He must pay £4,000 towards the confiscation order within the next two months or face an extra two months in prison.

The remainder must be paid as and when he acquires assets and will stay with him indefinitely or until it is paid in full.

The court heard a lengthy police and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency investigation found a number of falsified records. It also discovered that records for 409,000km of driving for a one year period were missing.

Ross had previous convictions for false records and was jailed for four months by Stafford Crown Court in September 1995.

Police Operational Support Unit Sergeant Graeme Hodgson, who oversaw the investigation, said: “Offending brings financial advantages and therefore it is only right that those making the money are penalised financially and cannot benefit from their actions having served their sentence."

Ross was also disqualified from driving for 18 months. Transport manager Robert Robertson and 15 other drivers were also sentenced at the same time.

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