Armagh landowner sentenced for facilitating crime

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A Crossmaglen landowner, whose land was used on two occasions to launder diesel, has been sentenced after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

HMRC officers began an investigation into Thomas Moley (50) in November 2012 after a diesel laundering plant was discovered in a shed close to his home. In July 2014, the Police Service of Northern Ireland identified a second fuel laundering plant in the same shed. HMRC officers dismantled both laundering plants.

Moley was charged with fraud offences, including letting his shed be used for laundering fuel. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, at Newry Crown Court yesterday (Thursday).