Further Market Rasen man found guilty in £5 million fraud case.

Court news.
Court news.

A further Market Rasen residents has been found guilty of being part of a £5 million scam to defraud taxpayers through the sale of red diesel.

Yesterday, Friday, Michael Taylor, 38, of Waterloo Street, Market Rasen was found guilty of conspiracy to evade paying excise duty on Government-subsidised fuels between March 1, 2006, and March 30, 2012, and conspiracy to cheat Her Majesty’s Revenue.

On Thursday, June 19, Michael Wilmot, 72, of Low Road, Osgodby and Tracie Morton, 50, of Toft-next-Newton were found guilty of both offences having pleaded innocent when the trial began back on April 24.

David Strachan, 50, of Peak Mews, Market Rasen, who was a town councillor until he resigned earlier this week, was found guilty of conspiracy to evade payment, but cleared of conspiracy to cheat the Revenue.

Wilmot’s cousin, Charles Trafford, 59, of Glebe Farm Cottage, Osgodby, and Marion Tompkins, 57, of Little Tows, near Ludford, were cleared of both charges.

The prosecution claimed Wilmot was the central figure in the scam selling large amounts of reduced-cost red diesel.

The prosecution claimed that Trafford, a farmer, sold “massive quantities” of red diesel to others, mainly Wilmot, through a network of companies that were used to front the scam.

Morton was Wilmot’s accomplice in actively trying to reclaim VAT payments wrongfully.

He denied being involved with the other defendants in the red diesel scam, including using Tompkins for administrative support.

Strachan, a driver, was stopped in vehicles that had red diesel in them and had a key to a barn where there were tanks for heavy goods vehicles.

Sentencing of the four convicted has been adjourned to link up with that of John Raithby, 59, of Snitterby Road, Waddingham, who was originally due to stand trial, but admitted a charge of fraudulently evading payment of VAT.

The defendants were all given bail with conditions of a curfew between 8pm and 8am. Each must also surrender their passports to Market Rasen Police Station.