Duty-free rip-off operation deprives States of £37k
Wednesday 16th January 2013, 1:00PM GMT.
A BIN bag full of cigarettes, tobacco and gin left in his car proved the undoing of Nicholas Ward’s duty-free rip-off operation.
Colleagues, believing he was acting suspiciously, spotted the sack of goods and called police.
The former Anglo Normandy Aeroengineering employee had responsibility for stocking Aurigny flights with duty-free goods.
He admitted taking more than 200,400 filter cigarettes, 20.5 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, 106.7 litres of spirits and 9.25 litres of wine from a bonded store on 105 separate days.
The 51-year-old was sentenced to the maximum 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty to five counts of depriving the States of Guernsey of nearly £37,000-worth of duty.
He also asked for another count to be taken into consideration under Customs and Excise legislation and has since paid back all the duty lost.
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