Serial cowboy banged-up for identity fraud

Grant Prior 12 years ago
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A two-time bankrupt builder has been jailed for 16 months for acting as a director while banned and posing as an employee to get credit from suppliers.

Paul David Henstone was jailed by Warwick Crown Court and has also been disqualified from acting as a company director or managing a company for five years.

Henstone pleaded guilty to one count of acting as a director whilst bankrupt and three counts of fraud by false representation.

The court heard that on 24 November 2005, Henson registered a company called Blackdown Construction Ltd and became a director. He was made bankrupt for a second time on 11 December 2006.

At the time, Henson was warned by the Official Receiver that he would be committing an offence if he carried on as a director.

The court also heard that, on 14 March 2008, Mr Henstone registered a new company, Roc Construction and Roofing Ltd.

To cover the fact he was a bankrupt he arranged for one of his employees to be appointed as a director without the employee’s knowledge.

Henson then opened three credit accounts with suppliers in this employee’s name and used them, pretending to be him.

None of the suppliers were aware that they were dealing with Henstone and all believed they were dealing with a new director with no history of insolvency.

Henstone even signed a personnel guarantee pretending to be this employee. Roc was wound up on 30 September 2008 with debts of over £15,000.

Deputy Chief Investigation Officer Glen Wicks from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills said: “This man is a serial cowboy builder who for many years has created mayhem throughout the West Midlands and devastated the lives of many people.

“People who commit these types of offences need to know that BIS, the Insolvency Service and the courts will crack down on them severely”.

Mr Recorder Hall sentencing Henstone at Warwick Crown Court said: “I have to deter others like you to exposing members of the public to fraud such as this”.

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