Haulier jailed for altering police escort invoices

Chris Tindall
July 5, 2024



The haulage boss of a Scottish transport firm has been jailed for 16 months over a massive fraud involving police escort contracts.

James Campbell, former director of West of Scotland Heavy Haulage, was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment at Airdrie Sheriff Court after an investigation found he altered paperwork for services provided to the firm by police forces in Scotland and Wales.

The fraud meant Glasgow-based Campbell could overcharge a Spanish company by £110,000 for the transportation of wind turbine parts.

The court heard how the director inflated invoices from the Scottish Police Authority and South Wales Police over the price of police escorts to gain additional funds from Navarra-based Siemens Gamesa.

The Cumbernauld haulier entered into a contract with Siemens to ferry the wind farm components and due to their size they required escorts to ensure safe transportation.

Evidence uncovered by Police Scotland’s economic crime unit showed that Campbell altered and falsified the invoices from the police forces in order to obtain more money from the Spanish firm.

Concerns about the invoices issued by West of Scotland Heavy Haulage were first raised by a member of staff at Siemens Gamesa in 2017.

Campbell is now the subject of confiscation action under proceeds of crime legislation to recover monies fraudulently obtained.

Les Brown, Procurator Fiscal for South Strathclyde, said: “This was a brazen example of an individual inflicting serious financial harm on an overseas company and its employees.

“James Campbell was involved in a fraudulent enterprise concerning a significant sum of money.”

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and has covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning and Brexit.

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