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Keady haulier ordered to pay £70,000 or face prison sentence

A county Armagh haulier has been ordered to pay a £70,000 Confiscation Order or face a prison sentence.

John Francis Murray, of Derrynoose Road, Keady appeared before Newry Crown Court yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

Murray – a Director of M&S Freight Forwarding Ltd – was given three months to pay under the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) or face a prison sentence of 15 months.

The confiscation was as a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) between April 2012 and September 2012.

Following inspection of three vehicles being used by the company it was discovered that tachograph manipulation devices had been fitted to interfere with the tachograph recording equipment.

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