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Fifth man jailed for DEFRA fraud
8:58am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A FIFTH man has been jailed for his role in helping to launder £1.28 million stolen from Government offices in York.
Thomas Joseph Corridan, 51, of Loule, Portugal, was yesterday sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court for his part in the organised crime group that defrauded the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs in York.
Much of the money, which had been diverted from DEFRA into a “cloned” company’s bank account, was used to buy gold and expensive cars.
Four men were also sentenced at Leeds Crown Court last week; they were Paul Edwards, 30 of Wenlock Close, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs; Paul Tinsley, 37 of Railway Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs; Robert Cann, 70 of Dunham Rise, Altrincham, Cheshire; and Thomas Cottam, 55 of Warren Drive, Deganwy, Conway.
Another man is yet to be sentenced.