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TAR-GET Arrest warrants issued for Irish trio in France after being convicted over tarmacking scam

Limoges criminal court issued the warrants after handing down sentences from two years to 12 months in prison

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Arrest warrants for three Irishmen have been issued in France after they were convicted for their roles in a €280,000 tarmacking scam.

Limoges criminal court issued the warrants after handing down sentences from two years to 12 months in prison.

A Czech national was also sentenced to six months in prison for attempted fraud and "organised gang fraud" committed in September 2016 to May 2017.

The public prosecutor said in court that the crew generated €280,000 worth of business in the period for which they were investigated.

The convicted men have also been ordered to pay fines ranging from €5,000 to €20,000.

The investigation began when a neighbour of one victim realised that a botch-job was being carried out and alerted the authorities.

The mayor of town at Châteauponsac blocked the work crew's vehicles with his car before the arrival of the gendarmes.

The investigators were able to trace 70 victims across the whole of France, from Sarthe to Ille-et-Vilaine, from Aude to Vendée, from Orne in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, according to local press reports.

The four men are also banned from further tarmacking work and could get five years if they breach the order.

The court ordered them to refund money taken from thirteen of the victims who joined as a civil party in the case .

It was revealed how the tarmac crew told property owners they had left-over material from a bigger project and could do the job at a bargain price.

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However, the by the time the job was fished the victims were hit with a much higher bill and the work proved be shoddy in a scam known in France as the 'bitumeurs irlandais' method.

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