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Food giant fraud: three men sentenced

A man has been jailed and two others have received suspended prison sentences after more than 200,000kg of chicken was fraudulently taken from the 2 Sisters Food Group in North Wales.

During an audit at 2 Sisters, it emerged that managers Darren Williams, 68, and Elliot Smith, 33, were supplying Wolverhampton based Townsend Poultry with chicken.

However, no formal business arrangements existed between the two companies. Neither were there records of any deliveries.

Enquiries made with local hauliers used by the group revealed there were 84 deliveries of oyster-cut chicken thighs, to Townsend Poultry between February 2019 and June 2021, collectively worth over £318,000.

Williams and Smith had destroyed all records of those journeys, according to an investigation by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Both pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and were handed two-year suspended sentences at Caernarfon Crown Court last Friday.

Rana Dhaia, 58, owner of Townsend Poultry, was found guilty after trial of acquiring criminal property and jailed for four years and three months.

Andrew Quinn, head of the  Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit, which was instrumental in building a strong case against the men, said: “We welcome these custodial sentences, as this sends a strong deterrent message to those considering committing food crimes.”

 

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