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Chauffeur firm to the stars guilty of car-clocking fraud

A jury at Liverpool crown court spent ten minutes deliberating before deciding that PCS Events was guilty of conspiracy to defra

Chauffeur firm to the stars guilty of car-clocking fraud

 

A jury at Liverpool crown court spent ten minutes deliberating before deciding that PCS Events was guilty of conspiracy to defraud

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Chauffeur firm to the stars guilty of car-clocking fraud

A chauffeur company that ferries X Factor stars and VIPs has been found guilty of fraud.

PCS Events, a company based in Runcorn that trades as Professional Chauffeur Services, appeared to be a reputable private hire operation. It boasted of a contract to transport first and business class passengers for Emirates Airlines.

However, it was run by a criminal gang who turned the clocks back on their fleet of Mercedes limousines by a total of seven million miles in a fraud valued at £250,000 but thought to be worth considerably more.

After a two-day trial, a jury at Liverpool crown court spent only ten minutes deliberating yesterday before declaring that PCS Events was guilty of corporate conspiracy to defraud.

In a separate case in April, senior staff at PCS Events, including its owner, John Murphy, 68, were jailed for fraud following a lengthy investigation by Trading Standards officers.

Emirates has stood by PCS, despite the convictions and warnings about the company’s practices.

The PCS website was being redirected yesterday to Sapphire Travel Management, a company run by Murphy’s son, James Murphy. Sapphire now claims to be the “preferred chauffeur service” for Emirates.

The airline did not respond to requests for comment.

During the hearing, Richard Pratt, QC, for the prosecution, told the jury that the company had offered a plea of not guilty and had chosen not to attend court. There were no lawyers for the defence in court and the dock was empty.

Judge Brian Cummings, QC, adjourned sentencing until today to allow the company’s liquidator to attend.

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