Sunday 25 February 2018

‘Garlic man’ Paul Begley to hear new sentence tomorrow

'Garlic man' Paul Begley
'Garlic man' Paul Begley

Tim Healy

THE Court of Criminal Appeal will rule tomorrow on a new sentence for businessman Paul Begley, who was jailed for six years for failing to pay import duty on garlic.

Begley was jailed for six years for tax offences after admitting labelling more than 1,000 tonnes of garlic imported from China as apples, which have a cheaper tax rate.


Last month the three judge CCA ruled that the term, the longest ever handed down for tax fraud of its kind was excessive and disproportionate.


Begley (47) was head of country's largest fruit and vegetable company, Begley Brothers Ltd, when he avoided paying a higher tax of up to 232pc on garlic.


Fruit and vegetables have rates as low as 9pc.


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