Case alleging the use of marked diesel adjourned
A CASE involving a number of defendents and the alleged use of marked oil and was adjourned to November at Arklow District Court.
LMC Transport, Croghan Industrial Estate, pleaded guilty to having marked fuel in tanks on March 22, 2017. Dean Chambers Transport, Croghan Industrial Estate Arklow pleaded guilty to marked fuel in three vehicles on the same date. Dean Chambers, Mullawnview, Ballyfad, Oulart, Gorey, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty to two charges of having marked fuel in tanks on the same date while Derek Chambers, 110 Monksfield, Athlone, Co Westmeath, pleaded guilty to having marked fuel in tanks on the same date.
Summons for Darius Pavel Lipinski, 13 Oaklands, Arklow, for the alleged use of illegal oil markers in two vehicles were withdrawn.
Judge David Kennedy said he would hear the evidence and the case could be finalised on another day.
An officer of Customs and the Revenue Commissioners told the court that on March 22, 2017, four officers intercepted a delivery of fuel at the premises in the Croghan Industrial Estate. Fuel from the tank was sampled and confirmed to be laundered fuel.
Other vehicles belonging to Dean Chambers Transport that arrived on to the premises were also checked and laundered fuel identified.
A storage tank containing 4,750 litres of laundered fuel was discovered.
The Customs official told the court that this represented a loss of excise duty, carbon tax and VAT of €2,432. The court also heard that the use of laundered fuel can provide a competitive advantage because it is cheaper than road fuel.
The official also told the court that, as part of the investigation, two warrants were excecuted at the residence of Dean Chambers and computers and paperwork were seized.
Solicitor Padraig Hyland asked if Chambers had been co-operative during the investigation and the Customs officer said Chambers had co-operated and been forthcoming. Staff and drivers had been interviewed.
Judge David Kennedy adjourned the case until November 20.