A businessman who ran an illegal waste operation is receiving housing benefit while sitting on a fortune of up to £5.2m.
Peter Ogg, 58, a director of Lancashire Fuels 4 U, was found guilty of running an illegal waste operation in Saltney .
It emerged during the case at Caernarfon Crown Court that Ogg was on sickness and housing benefit despite owning a farmhouse in Ireland with up to seven million Euros of land attached.
His defence said his assets in this country had been “frozen” and that he was now suffering depression, and that he didn’t receive any income from his Irish assets.
But the prosecution said his crime was based on greed.
Ogg, of Dinorwic Road, in Southport, received a 12 month suspended sentence for the “quite clearly deliberate offence” of running the operation - where there were several fires - without a permit.
The judge said he hadn’t taken into account, in sentencing, Ogg’s “belligerent and arrogant attitude” when giving evidence.
Ogg was found guilty by a jury of operating a regulated facility without a permit and keeping controlled waste in a manner likely to result in pollution or harm human health.
The prosecution said the company had made £271,000 from refuse-derived fuel or £5,765-a-day and the operation was about greed. Barrister Christopher Stables, for the prosecution, said there was no suggestion of remorse or acceptance of responsibility in a pre-sentence report.
During “restraint” proceedings, his assets were valued at between four and seven million Euros.
In May last year a large blaze occurred. Recorder Peter Rouch QC told Ogg: ”Management of this site showed a complete lack of regard for the consequences of your actions in the face of warnings by professionals. This is quite clearly a deliberate offence.”
The pollution was “low level” but clean-up costs for the site were expected be about £1 million.