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The Customs Scandal.

VEKDICT IN THE FISH CASES. Melbourne, May 25 la the fish ea«63 the jury found that fche usage of the trade was to accept the weights on boxes of blue cod, that the weight stated m certain Customs entries was below such reported weights, that defendant Allen or his agent made a falsn statement m Customs entries as to weights, and thus evaded payment of duty, and that these acts were committed with intent to defraud the revenue, and Crockett, who managed defendant's business, acted for defendant's benefit. Mr Justice O'Connor, m summing up, pointed out that Crockett, who Allen said was responsible m the matter, left for New Zealand immediately after the Customs commenced the inquiry, Allen advancing him money, and that Crockett was not called as a witness for the defence before the commission held m New Zealand. In delivering judgment, he said that altogether there was 33 offences, m 12 of which the element of fraud was not involved. The penalty m respect to these wnnld be £5 m each case. In the other 21, where fraud was involved, the penalty would be £7 m each. He directed a verdict to be entered for plaintiff with regard to pach offence with costs, reserving the points raised as to the King being the proper plaintiff, and the alleged constitutional illegality of all but the taxation clauses of the Customs Act.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6580, 26 May 1905

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The Customs Scandal. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6580, 26 May 1905