Leeds businessman jailed for £2.2million recycling fraud
A businessman in Leeds has been given a record seven and a half year jail sentence for a £2.2million recycling fraud.
The Leeds businessman, Mr Terence Solomon Dugbo, aged forty-five, from High Ash Avenue, Alwoodley, made up paperwork and falsely claimed that his company, TLC Recycling Ltd, had collected and recycled over 19,500 tonnes of electrical goods from households during 2011.
As part of a major investigation by the Environment Agency (EA), they discovered that the Leeds-based firm had never dealt with such amounts. The company had also claimed money from various recycling schemes, which were backed by the Government, for household collections at properties that didn’t even exist.
Dugbo was found guilty following a seven-week trial, of conspiracy to defraud, breaching an environmental permit condition and carrying on in the role of company director whilst disqualified.
At the hearing at Leeds Crown Court, Dugbo was given a record sentence for an environmental crime. Judge Neil Clarke disqualified Dugbo from being a company director for twelve years. Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, he also granted a request to recover some of the £2.2million.
Judge Clarke said that Dugbo was “a risk to the public”.
“What I found really amazing was the amount and complexity of the false paperwork. The scale of the investigation here was enormous.” He added.
Terence Dugbo had been disqualified from being able to act as a company director until November 2017, because of debts that he had accumulated at a previous firm. He also had former convictions for fraud and for illegally exporting banned dangerous waste to Nigeria.
TLC Recycling Ltd has now gone into liquidation and Dugbo’s involvement with the company was a breach of his disqualification.
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