Five jailed in £4.3m diesel and VAT fraud

A gang that included a town councillor and a pensioner has been jailed for a total of 19 years for evading an estimated £4.3m in duty and tax through fuel and VAT fraud.

Michael Wilmot, 72, from Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, organised the fraud.

He used connections to a farmers’ buying consortium in Louth he ordered large quantities of rebated fuel, commonly known as red diesel, according to HMRC.

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