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Disqualified director handed jail sentence 20 February 2014

A director already serving a disqualification has been jailed for 16 months after continuing to act as a director under his brother’s name.

Shaun Standen of Standen & Sons Limited was originally banned from acting as a company director in September 2007. Standen had continued to act as director while an undischarged bankrupt.

On 31 January Standen was handed a 16 month jail term, an 8 pm – 7 am curfew and tagging, as well as being ordered to pay £5,000 towards prosecution costs, at Exeter Crown Court.

Liam Mannall, deputy chief investigating officer at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said: ““The Insolvency Service and the Department for Business will take firm action when we find that Court Orders made to protect the public and the business community have been breached and where directors knowingly allow their companies to trade whilst insolvent.”

Standen’s conviction followed an initial investigation by the Insolvency Service and a full criminal investigation and prosecution by the Department for BIS.

The investigation found that Standen’s brother, Kevin Standen, was registered as director of Standen & Sons in relation to haulier companies Standen & Sons Limited (October 2007 to October 2011) and Russet Red Limited (July 2009 to July 2011).

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