Ex-Cleveland Police officer facing jail over cigarette smuggling
A FORMER Cleveland Police officer is facing jail after he was found guilty of being part of a global cigarette smuggling gang.
Anthony Lamb, 50, had denied being part of the conspiracy, which included two other men, but was found guilty following a trial.
He and fellow ex-Cleveland officer Gary Thompson, 43, used their knowledge of law enforcement and forensic techniques to avoid paying up to £11m in tax.
Thompson and a third man, David Lister, 49, had pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to evade paying cigarette duty between July 2007 and October 2009.
Lamb pleaded not guilty and told a jury he was used by Thompson and believed he was working for his friend
Cigarette scam police officer Gary Thompson to pay back £1
A Disgraced Judge For Allowing this ridiculous sentance should be seen as helping one of his freinds,but was never.Its A DISGRACED police officer who orchestrated one of the region’s biggest cigarette smuggling operations has been forced to pay back just £1 from his criminal gains.
Gary Thompson, a former officer and also a Gulf War veteran, helped orchestrate a £10m scam to import 60 million cigarettes into the UK, making at least £90,000 for himself in the process.
Porsche-driving Thompson, who lived in a five-bedroom home with his wife, said he had run up debts of more than £120,000 after a career in the armed forces and the police.
He admitted laundering more than £2m of his criminal cash by setting up a fake company called Bubblearium,