Former Ballymena confectionery shop owner given suspended jail sentence today for excise fraud concerning over half a million cigarettes

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Antrim Courthouse

A BALLYMENA pensioner who was ‘knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion or attempted evasion of Excise Duty and Value Added Tax chargeable’ on over half a million cigarettes and more than 75 kilos of hand rolling tobacco was given a suspended jail term today.

The matter concerning David McCullough (71), of Old Antrim Road, was dealt with at Antrim Crown Court.

The court ordered that the cigarettes and tobacco be forfeited and destroyed.

There was also a Proceeds of Crime Confiscation Order in the amount of £183,099.62.

At a previous court hearing a defence lawyer said his client was once the proprietor of a “confectionery shop”.

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