AN IMPORT firm linked to an alleged multi-million pound money laundering ring tried to bring thousands of litres of beer into the UK on false documents, it was claimed yesterday.

2 Has Limited was said to have tried to use the same documents twice to prove excise duty had been paid on booze from Germany into the UK in February 2015.

Yesterday, a member of staff at the firm responsible for organising the correct legal documentation said the company had dropped its relationship with the company after he was written to by a fraud investigator at the Inland Revenue saying a consignment had been seized on February 13.

At Bristol Crown Court, prosecution counsel Daniel Benjamin asked Dachser manager Nick Raper: “Border Force was telling you a second load had been discovered using that same number. Is that something that Dachser had authorised to take place?” Mr Raper replied: “Absolutely not.”

2 Has Ltd is said to have been closely linked to an alleged money laundering operation that saw millions of pounds in cash being paid into and out of the accounts of a dozen companies, with the money often going to 2 Has or with payments referenced with the company’s name.

Nine people, all from Swindon, deny money laundering.

Gino Helvacioglu, 23, of Plymouth Street, Kristian King, 25, of Baillie Close, Tadpole Garden Village, Celia Mazzotta, 75, of Shrivenham Road, Hayriye Mazzotta, 27, of Beckhampton Street, Vahit Oktar, 57, of Collett Avenue, Adam Phelps, 25, of Commercial Road, Joshua Pinsent, 26, of Rutland Road, Daniel Rice, 29, of Granica Close, and Daniel Ricketts, 27, of Marbeck Close have pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering.

The trial continues.