A CROWTHORNE man was jailed along with eight others after being found guilty on March 13, 2003, of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue of approximately £10 million, last Thursday.

Simon Pierce-Jones, aged 39, of Heath Hill Road pleaded guilty at a previous hearing and was sentenced to two years, six months in jail.

Upon sentencing the men, His Honour Judge Boggis said: "This was a massive fraud and these sentences will give a clear warning that such a crime is unacceptable — fraud is not a victimless crime; £10 million of tax payers money was stolen by these men.

"It has been a very long and complicated case — the dedication of the officers involved is to be commended."

The nine men were jailed at Southampton Crown Court for a total of 32 years.