The BBC reported on 29th April that a judge has warned of “systemic failures” in disclosing evidence after a £500,000 red diesel excise duty fraud trial collapsed.  A linked trial also had to be abandoned due to errors on the part of investigating officers from HMRC.  HMRC said it accepted the failings and was working with the CPS to learn from the incident.  In December 2013, HMRC raided tanker driver Peter Norton’s home.  He was charged with others with conspiracy by selling nearly £500,000 of laundered so-called red diesel fuel. Red diesel is only legal for off-road vehicles such as tractors and has a much lower duty rate.  The fraud involving the fuel works by removing the red dye to make it look like regular diesel before the fuel is then sold on fraudulently at the higher VAT rate.  Peter Norton has always denied any wrongdoing.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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