Northern Ireland

County Armagh man Vincent McGeough jailed for money laundering

A County Armagh man has been sentenced after admitting laundering money for a gang who sold cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost duty and taxes.

Vincent McGeough, 68, from the Caramoyle estate in Keady, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months.

He previously pleaded guilty to money laundering when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on 15 May 2015.

He was arrested close to East Midlands Airport in April 2013.

Customs officers witnessed the handover of a bag containing almost £110,000 involving McGeough and fellow defendant James Woods, 58, of Canal Road, Dundalk, County Louth.

Woods was arrested immediately, but McGeough fled, flagging down a car only to find it was being driven by an Customs investigator.

He was arrested and mobile phones and the cash seized.

Woods was also jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months.

Fellow defendant Irvin Dunn, 56, of Red Hill, Kiveton Park, South Yorkshire, was jailed for three years for conspiracy to evade duty; his brother Wayne Dunn, 57, of Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield, was jailed for 21 months for the same offence, while Lee Pearson, 33, of Wilberforce Road, Sheffield, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months.

Stuart Taylor, assistant director, fraud investigation service, HM Revenue and Customs, said: "These men all played a part in flooding the UK with illegal cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol solely to line their own pockets with money that should have been funding vital public services.

"Irvin Dunn even pulled the strings while he was in prison using coded messages. But their fraud has been broken down and picked apart and now they are all paying the price."