On the 19 August 2015, at Warrington Magistrates Court chauffeur company PCS Events Limited, which trades under various names, including PCS, PCS Chauffeurs and Professional Chauffeur Service faced charges of conspiracy to defraud following a Halton Council Trading Standards investigation.
The company, based at Fairoak Lane, Runcorn, Cheshire are alleged on or about 18 January 2006, to have conspired together with the co-accused and agreed that a course of conduct should be pursued with the agreement to be carried out in accordance with their intention to defraud either the hire company or the general public by means of altering the mileage on vehicles to show that they have travelled distances less than they had actually travelled, Contrary to Common Law.
Also, appearing in court were six individuals all accused of allegedly conspiring together and with PCS Events Limited to defraud the general public and hire car companies.
The six were, Mr John Murphy, 66, of Conway, Mr Paul Arslanian, 37, also of Conway and Ms Laura Jane Murphy, 27, of Chester.
Also joining the Murphy family in court for the very brief hearing were Christopher Graham Lunt, 37, of Chester, Mr Paul Kevin Batty, 55 – also known as Kevin Batty of Sutton in Craven, and finally Mr Trevor Gareth Jones, 57, of Colwyn Bay.
Mr Simon Richard Williams, 48, of Frodsham didn’t appear in court, however he stands charged with the co-accused of conspiracy to defraud.
Due to the seriousness of the charges the case was transferred to Chester Crown Court where all the accused will appear on 14 December 2015 for a plea and case management hearing. All defendants were remanded on unconditional bail.
Updated 14 December 2015:
On the 14 December 2015, seven individuals appeared at Chester Crown Court along with PCS Events Limited for a plea and case management hearing in regards to the “substantial” two year investigation by Warrington and Halton Trading Standards into an alleged car clocking ring.
Due to an administrational error the case was adjourned until the 4 March 2016, where all the co-accused will have to appear again to plead to charges dating between January 2006 and July 2013.
Unconditional bail was extended until 4 March 2016 for all the defendants.
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