Black fish: Four fishermen admit £6.5m Lerwick and Peterhead scam

Four fishermen have admitted that they failed to declare landings worth £6.5m as part of a major black fish scam.

The fish were handled by Shetland Catch Ltd in Lerwick and Alexander Buchan Ltd in Peterhead between 2002 and 2006.

The four men - Andrew Tait, 50; William Tait, 50; Robert Tait, 45; and 44-year-old Peter Tait - made undeclared landings of more than £1.5m each.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, sentence was deferred until 6 September.

'Highly organised'

Det Supt Gordon Gibson, of Grampian Police, who led the investigation, said: "These four men were an organised crime group who committed crimes for huge financial gain over a prolonged period.

"They were highly organised and clearly knew what they were doing and that this was wrong however they chose to put their own greed ahead of the law.

"I hope by their appearance in court today this demonstrates to them, and others who may ponder similar conduct, that it was and will not be tolerated."

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