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Wholesale company fined for illegal vodka sale

Wednesday December 2 2015

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A WHOLESALE company in Barnsley caught selling illegal vodka has been issued with more than £3,000 in fines and costs by magistrates.

Mark Stuart Crawshaw, director of MTC (04) Limited, appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on November 6.

He pleaded not guilty to three charges - creating the impression a product, Red Square Vodka, could legally be sold when it could not; being unable to produce traceability information for Red Square Vodka; and being unable to produce traceability information for Old Hopking White Rum.

The vodka was illegal as it had a fake duty stamp and label. Crawshaw was unable to provide the proper documentation for the purchase of bottles of the vodka and rum to the satisfaction of the council officers.

Following a trial, the company was found guilty of all three charges and on November 20 was fined £750 for the illegal vodka and £250 for each for each offence of traceability.

Crawshaw was also ordered to pay a contribution towards prosecution costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £120, totalling £3,370.

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Reply Posted by Tom on Wednesday December 2 2015 at 19:39
Considering there is no health warning for the public I take it the vodka and rum was perfectly safe to consume, and this was merely a tax issue on a product taxed at rates of 1000% plus, where the tax can easily make up 95% of the cost of the product.

Should the public assume the vodka and rum is perfectly safe and has passed safety standards when tested by authorities.

Reply Posted by Hmm on Thursday December 3 2015 at 17:30
He paid a contribution to prosecution costs? He should pay ALL costs. Why am I paying due to his illegal activities?

Reply Posted by Bradley Walsh on Thursday December 3 2015 at 18:15
The vodka and rum was 100% legit and was bought from a wholesaler from Manchester I know the company personally and there is an appeal pending and I might add this was over 1 year ago

Reply Posted by Ann Hegarty on Thursday December 3 2015 at 18:21
Hey Bradley with all that vodka do you have any chasers? Is that knock off too?

Reply Posted by Bradley Walsh on Thursday December 3 2015 at 18:25
I also forgot to say this trial was over 13 bottles in total