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Former Boyle Transport directors to pay £1.8m

  • 02 April 2013
  • By Roger Brown

Two former directors at Northern Ireland haulage company Boyle Transport, who were sent to prison for falsification of tachograph records, have been ordered to pay £1,835,793 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

In a hearing this week, Carlisle Crown Court was told how Patrick Boyle, 67, and Mark Boyle, 38, both from Newry, Co Down, were found to have benefitted from their criminal activity to the sum of £10,016,810.

Judge Hughes gave Patrick six months to pay £1,097,622 to the public purse, and said that if the money is not paid in that time he will have to serve an extra five-and-a-half years in prison.

Mark, meanwhile, has been given six months to pay £738,171 or face serving an extra four years behind bars.

The money will be paid from the proceeds of assets including family homes, 20 Scania trucks and 35 trailers.

In April 2011, also at Carlisle Crown Court, Patrick and Mark were handed two-year and 18-month prison sentences respectively after pleading guilty to conspiring with drivers to make the false tacho records in February 2011.

They were also disqualified from acting as company directors for five years.

It followed a joint investigation into the haulier – dubbed Operation Cadillac – which began in October 2008 and was conducted by Cumbria Constabulary and Vosa.

Approximately 18,000 documents were reviewed as part of the year-long investigation.

It revealed that each digital tachograph owned by the Camlough-based company had been interfered with, and that employees had been driving up to 22 hours a day and failing to take their lawful breaks.

During the criminal investigation, an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was carried out by Vosa in conjunction with the North West Regional Asset Recovery Team.


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