It’s pay-back time for criminal transport bosses

Posted on April 9th, 2013 by James Luckhurst

TachographTwo former directors of a transport company have been order to pay £1,835,793 by a judge, following a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing at Carlisle Crown Court. On 25 March, 65 year old Patrick James Boyle and 36 year old Mark Anthony Boyle, who are both from Newry, Northern Ireland and former Directors of Boyle Transport Limited, were found to have benefitted from their criminality to the sum of £10,016,810.

Patrick James Boyle has been given 6 months to pay £1,097,622.  If the money is not paid in that time he will have to serve an extra 5 and a half years prison sentence.  Mark Anthony Boyle has been given 6 months to pay  £738,171.  If the money is not paid in that time he will have to serve an extra 4 years prison sentence. Assets held from which the money is to be paid include both family homes, 20 Scania trucks and 35 articulated trailers.

On 2 May 2012 Patrick Boyle and Mark Boyle were handed two year and 18 month sentences respectively at Carlisle Crown Court, after they pleaded guilty to conspiring with drivers to make the false tachograph records on 18 February 2011.

They were also disqualified from acting as company directors, which included having any management position within a company, for a period of 5 years.

On October 2008, a joint intelligence-led investigation into Boyle Transport Ltd named Operation Cadillac began, conducted by Cumbria Constabulary and VOSA. It became one of the largest investigations ever conducted by Cumbria’s Roads Policing Unit or VOSA.

A total of 18,000 documents were reviewed as part of the in-depth investigation that took place over the course of a year. It was revealed that each digital tachograph owned by the company had been interfered with and the drivers had, in fact, been driving up to 22 hours per day (the law states the maximum should be 10 per day) and failing to take their lawful breaks.

During the criminal investigation, a POCA investigation was carried out by Tim Parker from VOSA in conjunction with the North West Regional Asset Recovery Team.  His attention to detail has led to the agreement in court over the criminal benefit and confiscation figures.

Sergeant Graeme Hodgson said: “This was one of the largest investigations ever undertaken by Cumbria Constabulary Roads Policing Unit and the confiscation order imposed by the HH Judge Hughes today means that we have been able to seize money which the Boyles acquired through their criminality.”