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Three jailed over £9 million Sainsbury's potato scam

Three men have been jailed at Croydon Crown Court for a multimillion-pound scam that saw Sainsbury's overcharged by nearly £9 million by a potato firm.

Andrew Behagg, a former finance director at potato supplier Greenvale, and former Greenvale director David Baxter showered Sainsbury's potato buyer John Maylam with gifts and hospitality in return for lucrative contracts with the supermarket.

Sainsbury's store in south London Credit: Reuters

Maylam, 45, of Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, who admitted corruption and acquiring criminal property, was jailed for four years at Croydon Crown Court, in south London.

Baxter, 50, of Hinstock, near Market Drayton in Shropshire, who also admitted corruption and acquiring criminal property, was jailed for 30 months.

Behagg, 60, from Chatteris in Cambridgeshire, who was found guilty of corruption by authorising payments to Maylam following a trial, was jailed for three years.