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Landfill site boss jailed for fraud

The boss of a landfill site has been jailed for two years for running a £900,000 fraud cheating taxpayers and his bosses, it has been reported.

Malcolm Smart organised the underweighing of lorry loads of waste arriving at the tip in Wiltshire in exchange for kickbacks from customers. Colleague Victor Millen, who operated the weighbridge, was jailed for 16 months.

According to a report on the This is Wiltshire website, Smart and Millen were both site managers at the Sand Farm Landfill Site on Sand Pit Road in Calne.

They both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud, admitting that between the beginning of April 2007 and 10 October 2009, they cost the company £907,255, of which about £200,000 was in landfill tax and VAT.

Viridor’s regional director Richard Jenkins, told MRW: “A full and thorough investigation was conducted in close liaison with the appropriate authorities at the time the allegations came to light.

“Internal disciplinary procedures were immediately instigated, and as a result three employees, including the Unit Manager, left the company on 30 October 2009.“

An investigation was launched into seven directors of waste disposal companies who may have benefited from the scam, but no charges were brought against any of them.

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