The Environment Agency’s specialist crime unit uncovered fictitious claims for the recycling of approximately 10,600 tonnes of electronic waste.
Brothers Jamil and Saleem Rehman received custodial sentences at Birmingham Crown Court following an Environment Agency prosecution into a £1.48m fraud case involving electronic waste.
Jamil Rehman, aged 56 of Monkspath, Solihull, was sentenced to five years and four months in custody while his brother Saleem, aged 55 of Shirley, Solihull, received a 16-month custodial sentence suspended for two years.
Between January 2011 and December 2012, Jamil Rehman, who was the sole director at Electronic Waste Specialists Ltd (EWS), submitted fictitious claims for the recycling of approximately 10,600 tonnes of electronic waste with the company receiving payment to the value of £1.48m from a producer compliance scheme, Weeelight Ltd.
EWS’s services were contracted by Weeelight Ltd as an approved authorised treatment facility. The company created forged paperwork which detailed fictitious recycling.
The fraud came to light when the Environment Agency’s National Investigations Team became suspicious of the paperwork that EWS, which operated out of a warehouse in Devon Street, Nechells, Birmingham, had submitted.
At a hearing on 23 January 2019, Jamil Rehman pleaded guilty to one charge of fraudulent trading. On the same date, Saleem Rehman pleaded guilty to a charge of theft from the company.
Speaking after the case, the Environment Agency officer in charge of the investigation, said: “The Environment Agency has a specialist crime unit using intelligence to track and prosecute organised crime groups involved in illegal waste activity. This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to take action against anyone operating illegally.”