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Prison sentence for disqualified directors 20 October 2014

A pair of directors have been sentenced to a combined 13 months in prison for running a company while disqualified.

Mark Brafman and Bulbinder Singh Sandhu were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 16 October, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

Brafman was found to have been acting as a director of three companies while disqualied, and a fourth while as an undischarged bankrupt. He was sentenced to 8 months in prison.

Sandhu acted as a director of two companies while disqualified and was sentenced to five months in prison.

Both Brafman and Sandhu have also been handed a further 12 year director disqualification.

Liam Mannall, deputy chief investigation officer from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), said: “Mr Brafman and Mr Sandhu were both experienced businessmen who were clearly aware of the responsibilities involved in directing companies.

“Both had been disqualified from doing so, yet over a number of years Mr Brafman chose to ignore the restrictions placed on him, as did Mr Sandhu for a lesser period.”

Brafman was initially disqualified from acting as a director in October 2001 for seven years, while Singh was disqualified in July 2003 for eight years.

However, between 2005 and 2010 they both acted as directors for several retail companies that traded in women’s fashion. Brafman was declared bankrupt in 2009.

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