A haulage boss from Feltham has been fined £87,000 after admitting his part in a 'criminal network' that put potentially dangerous lorries on the road.
Thomas McKinney, 34, was one of five men caught fiddling vital paperwork following a painstaking 14-month investigation from the Met's Traffic Unit - codenamed Operation Cluedo.
The fraud scam, led by John Plummeridge, from Watford, and Philip Cameron, from Bushey Heath, allowed large goods vehicles (LGVs) to operate on the roads without even basic maintenance checks.
McKinney, of Lansbury Avenue, Feltham, appeared in court after being charged on April 24, 2007, with ten charges relating to the use of false licences for LGVs at his firm Rino Haulage Limited.
Detective Superintendent Glyn Jones, from the Traffic Unit said: "These men abused a system put in place to ensure everyone's safety with such a degree of arrogance that they believed they would never be caught.
"The scam they were running meant badly maintained lorries were on the roads and that can result in serious injury or even death."
McKinney pleaded guilty at Basildon Court on Friday last week and was fined £22,000 and made subject to a £65,000 forfeiture order.
Plummeridge and Cameron are both due to be sentenced on December 3 after being found guilty of a number of fraud charges.
Martin John Lavelle, from Eastcote, and Mohan Singh Bambra, from Southall both pleaded guilty and were fined for similar offences.