A disqualified director that continued to control a company has been sentenced to six months imprisonment by Snaresbrook Crown Court.
David Shannon has been handed a suspended sentence and 150 hours of unpaid work following an initial investigation by The Insolvency Service and a full criminal investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
Fellow director Jason Webb has also been sentenced to 150 hours of community service for failing to keep books and records for Joseph & Webb (Properties) Limited.
Ian West, deputy chief investigation officer of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, said: “These defendants cynically breached the law and ignored their obligations to their customers and the public.
“These sentences should serve as a reminder to directors and those involved in the running of companies, that failure to comply with the law has serious consequences, as breaches will be investigated and prosecuted.”
The investigation found that between 14 August 2007 and 13 August 2010, Shannon had breached his disqualification by acting in a managerial capacity at Joseph & Webb (Properties) Limited.
Shannon had originally been disqualified from acting as a director in August 2007. The company entered administration on 12 August 2010.
It also found that Webb had failed to keep books and records for the company between 12 August 2007 and 11 November 2011.
The investigation also found that both Shannon and Webb failed to co-operate with administrators, resulting in a fine of £5,000 each.