A potato buyer at Sainsbury’s has been jailed for four years for taking £2.5 million in bribes from a potato supply firm.

John Maylam admitted enjoying lavish hospitality and gifts to the value of £1 million, and £1.5 million in cash paid in to an account in Luxembourg, for agreeing to his employer being overcharged by potato supplier Greenvale, an arrangement that cost Sainsbury’s £8.7 million.

Andrew Behagg, the former finance director of Greenvale who approved the payments was given three years, and another former director, David Baxter was given two and a half years.

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