A disqualified company director has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment by Birmingham Crown Court after managing a company whilst disqualified.
Allan Court pled guilty and was subsequently convicted following an investigation by The Insolvency Service and a full criminal investigation by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Deputy chief investigation officer Liam Mannall from the Department for BIS said: “The conviction shows that people who break disqualification restrictions will be investigated and brought to justice.
“Court not only received a prison sentence, but has now had his disqualification term increased.
This should serve as a warning to other banned directors who wish to ignore the law that they will not get away with impunity.”
Court was originally disqualified for 3 and a half years in 2006 for his conduct whilst director of Project Two Services Limited.
The investigation found Court had acted as director of Ducal Building Services Ltd between November 2006 and March 2010, in direct violation of his disqualification.
It also found that although Court formally resigned as a director on 10 November 2006, he still controlled the company’s finances and decided which invoices would be paid.
Ducal Building Services was sued in 2008, with Court himself handling the matter. The investigation uncovered that he also received significantly higher dividend payments and remuneration than the other registered director.
The company ceased trading in November 2009 and went into liquidation in March 2010 with debts of approximately £800,000.