The director of an Indian restaurant has been disqualified from acting as a director for eight years, following an investigation by The Insolvency Service.
Kismet Miah, director of The Red Fox Indian Cuisine Limited, failed to pay a fine for employing illegal workers, instead closing down the company.
Vicky Bagnall, director of investigations and enforcement, The Insolvency Service said: “This order sends a clear message to other company directors; if you run a business in a way that is detrimental to either its customers or its creditors you will be in our sights.
“Directors tempted to neglect their responsibilities to their creditors should be warned, if you do not wish to join this number, then behave accordingly.”
Red Fox Indian Cuisine was incorporated in May 2010. An inspection by the UK Border Agency in July 2010 found that Miah had hired five illegal workers and was subsequently fined £25,000.
Instead of paying the fine, Miah transferred £68,162 from the company’s accounts and placed the company into liquidation on 6 September 2010 – leaving assets of £6,592 and debts of £63,924.
The Insolvency Service’s investigation also found that Miah had failed to provide sufficient accounts to the liquidator.
As a result, it was not possible to determine the purpose of the £68,162 withdrawal prior to liquidation.
Miah, 49, of Duddon, in Cheshire, is banned from acting as a company director from 3 May 2013 until May 2021.