Fraudsters' waste scam worth £2m
FOUR people have admitted their part in a £2 million recycling scam.
Directors of Neath-based Nationwide Recycling Limited, Paul Thomas and Andrew Thomas, appeared in the dock with former employees Beverley Bradford and Terrance Ainge to face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering and waste offences.
Their activities led to an estimated gain of more than £2 million, Swansea Crown Court was told.
Andrew Thomas, 46, of Cefn Road, Bonymaen, and Paul Thomas, 47, of Eastland Road, Neath, both pleaded guilty to four charges.
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They both admitted conspiracy to commit fraud by falsifying the amount of glass they said they had recycled at Nationwide.
Investigations by the Environment Agency found the company weighed plant, machinery and lorries to generate false weighbridge tickets and invoices for recycled materials which were never received by it for recycling.
Both men admitted two charges of running the company without the relevant environmental permit.
Both also admitted concealing or converting criminal property totalling £295,255.
That charge relates to them taking metal cans for recycling from local authorities and selling them to local scrap dealers for cash.
Terrance Ainge, 51, of Mansel Road, Bonymaen, and Beverley Bradford, 49, of Tydraw Road, Swansea, also pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit fraud, in relation to the amounts of glass being recycled.
The court was told the four cannot be sentenced until further investigations have been made into their financial affairs.
Sentencing of all four is not expected to take place until March next year.