UK’s ‘first ever’ Prosecution of a Director for providing False Company Information
Companies house secured a decision against a business man for providing false company information. The showdown between the business man and companies house resulted in an historic moment as for the very first time in UK, an individual/ entity was successfully prosecuted for providing false information
In 2013, Kevin Brewer incorporated a company with the name of John Vincent cable services Ltd and made Vince cable a shareholder and director without informing him or having the matter in his knowledge. Companies House intervened and dissolved the company and took the company off the register.
In 2016, Brewer founded another company with the name of Cleverly Clogs Ltd and made James Cleverly MP, Baroness Neville-Rolfe the minister responsible for dealing with Companies House and a made-up Israeli national with the name of Ibrahim Aman. Companies House again intervened and dissolved the company and also took the company off the register like it had done earlier in 2013.
In a hearing held in Redditch Magistrates’ court on March 15, 2018, Brewer admitted of providing the company’s register with false information. After brewer’s admission, the court ordered him to pay over £12,000 as fine.
This is the first time a director of a company has successfully been prosecuted for providing misleading/ false company information as per laws which came into effect in the year 2009.
The Companies House is responsible for operating the company register. The register basically consists of company details like its registered addresses, official accounts, and list of those who own and are involved in running the company. There are around 4 million companies in the UK that are registered with the Companies house and most of these companies abide by the rules and uses the register lawfully.