Three directors of two waste companies have appeared in court accused of acquiring more than £40 million in unpaid landfill tax.
Paul Doherty (56), of Culmore Road, is charged with unlawfully keeping controlled waste, unlawfully depositing controlled waste, and keeping waste in a manner likely to cause pollution.
He is further charged with aquiring criminal property, namely £30,887,640 in unpaid landfill tax.
The offences were allegedly committed between January 1, 2011, and April 12, 2013.
Doherty is a director of Campsie Sand and Gravel Limited, of Mobuoy Road, and this company faces the same charges.
Two directors of City Industrial Waste - 46-year-old Gerard Martin Farmer, of Westlake, and 46-year-old Gerard O’Malley, with an address in Newry, also appeared before the court.
They are charged with depositing controlled waste, keeping controlled waste and keeping waste in a manner likely to cause pollution.
They are further charged with acquiring £10,928,960 of unpaid landfill tax between April 2007 and May 2013.
All three defendants declined to say anything in answer to the charges or call any evidence.
They were released on their own bail of £500 to appear at the Crown Court for arraignment on a date to be fixed.