Guilty: Weston man in �1.5m vodka farm tax scam

A WESTON man has been found guilty of being involved in a �1.5million distilled vodka tax scam on a Leicestershire farm.

Michael Matthews, aged 56, was one of eight men accused of cheating HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) between May 2008 and September 2009.

One Nottingham man admitted the offence before the trial and another changed his plea to guilty during the trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Matthews, of Stanley Grove, was one of four found guilty by the jury and will be sentenced later this month. Two defendants were found to be innocent.

The illegal alcohol manufacturing centre was based at a farm near Little Dalby, Leicestershire, where HMRC seized the illegal bottles of vodka.


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