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HR boss banned after diverting insurance pay-out into personal bank account

May 10th, 2018|

Boss of a specialist recruitment agency is banned from running companies after diverting ?60k from an insurance settlement into his personal bank account.

Dean Jacobs, 29 of Birmingham, was the sole director of L & H Construction Limited, a specialist recruitment company helping people in the mechanical and electrical industries find new work.

But after trading for a little over two and a half years, the business ran into difficulties and L & H Construction entered into administration on 4 January 2017 after HMRC presented a winding up petition for an outstanding tax bill. Upon administration, L & H Construction owed creditors close to ?800,000.

Insolvency practitioners were brought in to deal with the administration but Dean Jacobs failed to cooperate with their investigations.

Administrators were then made aware that L & H Construction was awarded an insurance settlement and when asked where the money had gone, Dean Jacobs could not provide any explanation of what he did with the funds.

Further investigations by the Insolvency Service found that despite being fully aware that L & H Construction had stopped trading and owed money to creditors, Dean Jacobs diverted ?60,000 from an insurance settlement straight into his personal bank account.
As a result, on 16 April 2018 the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Dean Jacobs. The ban became effective from 7 May 2018 and he is now banned from directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company for 10 years.

Susan MacLeod, Chief Investigator of Insolvent Investigations, Midlands & West at the Insolvency Service, said:

Dean Jacobs put his own interests ahead of the company?s creditors and the timing of the funds he took from the insurance settlement showed a cynical disregard to those creditors.

Directors who put their own personal financial interest above those of creditors damage business confidence. We will take action against directors who do not take their duties seriously and abuse their position and they will therefore lose the privilege of limited liability trading.


Extended bankruptcy for financial controller who diverted funds from her employer

April 11th, 2018|

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Debt management bosses banned after transferring half-a-million from own companies

April 11th, 2018|

Two bosses have been disqualified for a combined total of 23 years after transferring more than half a million pounds from their own debt management companies. Andrew Brooke (45) and Gary Gregson (38) have been disqualified for 13 and 10 years resp...

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