JAILED FOR BUS FRAUD

EX­PRESS MO­TORS BOSSES ‘FLEECED’ TAX­PAY­ERS IN CON­CES­SION­ARY PASS SCAM WORTH THOU­SANDS

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

Ex­press Mo­tors boss, three sons and an ex-driver locked up for ‘breath­tak­ingly ar­ro­gant’ scam:

FIVE men are be­gin­ning a to­tal of 29 years be­hind bars for a scam in which hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds of tax­pay­ers’ cash was claimed for bus jour­neys that never took place.

Fam­ily mem­bers were in tears as Ex­press Mo­tors bosses Eric, Ian, Kevin and Keith Jones were jailed for fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

A fifth man, former bus driver Rheinallt Wil­liams, was also jailed.

Eric Wyn Jones, of Bont­newydd, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years, as was his son Ian Wyn Jones.

Broth­ers Kevin Wyn Jones and Keith Jones were given seven and six year terms.

Rheinallt Wil­liams must serve 12 months in prison.

The Wyn Jones’ fam­ily were de­scribed as ‘ breath­tak­ingly ar­ro­gant’ by judge Ti­mothy Petts.

Eric Wyn Jones, 77, of Ger- allt, Bont­newydd, near Caernar­fon, was de­scribed in Mold Crown Court as an “el­derly man in poor health which af­fects his mo­bil­ity”.

Lawyers for Jones said cus­tody was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for him.

His sons Kevin, Ian and Keith, were also found guilty of the charges by a jury af­ter a four-week trial at Caernar­fon Crown Court last month.

Ian Wyn Jones, 53, of Carmel Road, Peny­groes was jailed for seven and a half years and Kevin Wyn Jones, 55, of Ll­wyn Be­uno, Bont­newydd was jailed for seven years.

Dur­ing last week’s hear­ing Ian Jones also ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing £840 in fake bank notes.

Deal­ing with the fake cash, prose­cu­tor Mathew Dun­ford said po­lice found what ap­peared to be cash in Jones’s home dur­ing a search of the prop­erty on July 30, 2014.

On closer in­spec­tion they were found to be coun­ter­feit.

Mr Dun­ford said Jones made ad­mis­sions they were fake dur­ing a po­lice in­ter­view.

A third son, Keith Jones, 51, of Caer Ber­l­lan, Lland­daniel, An­gle­sey was handed a six year prison sen­tence.

Rheinallt Wil­liams, 44, of Rhyd Fadog Es­tate, Dein­iolen was a driver at Ex­press Mo­tors.

He ad­mit­ted a charge of con­spir­ing with oth­ers to com­mit fraud by mak­ing false rep­re­sen­ta­tions to make a fi­nan­cial gain be­fore the trial be­gan.

Sen­tenc­ing, the judge said some­one at the firm re­alised a fraud was pos­si­ble and each fraud­u­lent swipe was “quite lit­er­ally money in the bank for Ex­press Mo­tors.

“The fraud was one of breathtaking ar­ro­gance,” the judge said.

The judge praised the of­fi­cers who car­ried out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and for the smooth run­ning of the trial.

The Jone­ses were said to have in­structed oth­ers to in­crease the number of con- ces­sion­ary passes swiped; ex­ces­sively swip­ing con­ces­sion­ary cards and sub­mit­ted false con­ces­sion­ary pay­ments scheme claim forms to Gwynedd coun­cil.

The scam in­volved us­ing lost or stolen con­ces­sion­ary bus passes to tot up bo­gus trips and then claim­ing the cash from the coun­cil.

In all 88,000 bo­gus jour­neys were made us­ing 32 such cards. One of the cards be­longed to a man who had died.

The jury heard the card con­tin­ued to be used fraud­u­lently for some months af­ter his death.

Eric Jones’ own pass was used to make bo­gus claims al­though he claimed he had mis­laid it for a few weeks and didn’t know it was be­ing used fraud­u­lently.

● Ex­press Mo­tors owner Eric Wyn Jones has been jailed for seven and a half years for fraud

The Ex­press Mo­tors de­pot in Peny­groes

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