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Building boss prosecuted for dodgy dealings

14 Nov 11 A Stockport building contractor has been given a suspended prison sentence for continuing to trade while disqualified.

Allan Christopher Roberts, who ran building businesses in Stockport, was sentenced by Manchester Crown Court to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to two counts of acting in the management in breach of a disqualification order and two counts of using a prohibited company name.

He was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and was disqualified from being a director of a limited company for seven years.

Mr Robert’s conviction follows an initial investigation by The Insolvency Service and a full criminal investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS).

On 10 June 2008 Mr Roberts of Leeds was disqualified from acting in the management of a company for four years following the liquidation of Prestbury Construction & Development Ltd. Mr Roberts’ actions as a director of that company had shown that he posed a danger to creditors.

Despite this, he continued to use the Prestbury name, managing Prestbury Construction Ltd and Prestbury LLP. Prestbury Construction Ltd also subsequently went into liquidation in 2010 owing creditors more than £50,000.

BIS has begun confiscation proceedings against the defendant.

BIS investigation officer John Fitzsimmons said: “The Insolvency Service and The Department for Business will take firm action when we find that company directors have breached disqualification orders which were put in place by the court to protect the public and business community from their actions.”

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