Frederick Geraint Hawkes and his mother Janis Hawkes, the directors of F G Hawkes (Western) Limited (FGH), have been disqualified for 10 years for causing the company to submit annual financial accounts which they knew contained false information and submitting false VAT returns to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
The disqualifications follow an investigation by the Insolvency Service and prevent Mr and Mrs Hawkes from becoming directly or indirectly involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company for 10 years from 22 July 2015.
The company was incorporated on 2 March 1987 and traded as importers of plywood and sheet materials; latterly it also traded in the rental of holiday villas. Its trading name was RKL Plywood. It ceased trading on 3 October 2011 and was placed into administration on the same date.
The Insolvency Services investigation found that Mr and Mrs Hawkes signed FGHs annual accounts for the period ended 31 July 2009 and the year ended 31 July 2010 on 30 April 2010 and 28 April 2011 respectively, knowing that they contained false information.
The investigation also found that Mr and Mrs Hawkes caused FGH to submit false VAT returns to HMRC for the quarters ending between April 2010 and April 2011 leading to an under declaration of VAT owed of at least 1,518,539.
The Court also ordered Mr and Mrs Hawkes to pay costs of 16,750 by 29 July 2015.
Commenting on the disqualification, Sue MacLeod, Chief Investigator at The Insolvency Service, said:
These disqualifications send a clear message to directors that they have statutory obligations.
The signing of documents knowing they contain misleading information which may be relied upon by third parties, and submitting false VAT returns is serious misconduct, which the Insolvency Service will investigate with a view to removing you from the market place.