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Farmer sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for fraud

A Lancashire farmer has been sentenced to 30 months imprisonment after falsely labeling his barn eggs as ’free range’.

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Over 6 million ‘barn eggs’ are believed to have been fraudulently stamped and sold as ‘free-range'
Over 6 million ‘barn eggs’ are believed to have been fraudulently stamped and sold as ‘free-range'

Anthony Clarkson or Whittingham near Preston, was found guilty of fraud after being sentenced at Preston Crown Court on June 13, 2016.

 

He has been sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment.

 

Mr Clarkson operated a farm producing ‘free-range eggs’.

 

Barn eggs

 

He also had an interest in another farm producing cheaper ‘barn eggs’.

 

He stamped the ‘barn eggs’ with his own producer code, falsely indicating that they were ‘free range eggs’ produced at his own premises. He then fraudulently sold the ‘barn eggs’ as ‘free-range eggs’.

 

Over 6 million ‘barn eggs’ are believed to have been fraudulently stamped and sold as ‘free-range eggs’.

 

The case involved evidence of the examination of eggs under ultra-violet light to show that they had not been laid at Clarkson’s ‘free-range’ facility.

 


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