Leyland man involved in lorry tachograph conspiracy could have his ill gotten gains seized
Three men convicted of offences linked to manipulating HGV tachographs and money laundering are facing proceedings to seize back profits made through their crimes.
Benjamin Hayton, 43 of Cumberland Avenue, Leyland, Darren Millington, 52 of Hinstock, Shropshire, and Stephen Young, 55 of Goldthorn Ave, Wolverhampton, were convicted conspiracy to falsify drivers’ records on March 11, 2019 after a five week trial.
The men produced, supplied and fitted sophisticated tachograph interrupter devices to heavy goods vehicles, allowing lorry drivers to avoid taking breaks and to drive for longer than was legal, endangering the public.
Millington sourced the devices, Young designed them, and Hayton helped design them and fitted them for up to £1,500 each.
The fraud first came to light when DVSA Traffic Examiners stopped a lorry near the M6 in Lancashire and found that the tachograph safety device had been illegally modified.
As many as one in six crashes resulting in death or injury on major roads are fatigue-related.
All three face proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act and will appear before Judge Simon Newell at Preston's Sessions House Court on Monday.
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