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It's so unfair, claim garlic man's family

The family of the fruit and veg importer jailed for six years for avoiding paying €1.6m customs duty on garlic imports have strongly criticised how he was treated compared with Mick Wallace.

Paul Begley (46) was jailed in March after he avoided paying customs duty on over 1,000 tonnes of garlic from China by having them labelled as apples.

The Begley family told the Herald today through a spokesman: "For Paul's family it is very difficult to understand why he has received a long custodial sentence while others seem to be treated very differently particularly when he, Paul, has an agreement in place to repay all outstanding debts while others do not."

During his trial in March, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Begley of Redgap, Rathcoole, had been paying off debts over the last two years at €33,000 a month, but a debt of €700,000 was outstanding.