A solicitor from County Armagh has pleaded guilty to involvement in money laundering at a Liverpool Court.
Brian Dougan, 48, from Brootally Road, Milford, admitted using his firm's business account to handle money from a red diesel money laundering scam.
He helped Thomas McCague of Rosemount Avenue, Armagh, buy 11 properties with the proceeds of crime.
The laundered diesel and kerosene had been shipped to Britain and sold extensively, the court was told.
McCague was convicted of fuel fraud last year.
At his trial in Liverpool on Tuesday, Dougan admitted handling £66,500 in a single week in 2002.
However, he said that McCague had a profitable car wash business and he was not surprised when large amounts of cash were brought in.
Mr Dougan was remanded on bail to be sentenced on 24 July.