Ian Brett Coombes and Karen Jane Coombes – both of Cheddar and directors of care home companies Alutarius Ltd and Carepro Ltd – have been given director disqualifications of 8 and 4 years, respectively, for their roles in providing documents to accountants detailing fictitious payments to HMRC.

Mr and Mrs Coombes disqualifications follow an investigation by the Insolvency Service into the companies Alutarius Ltd, which managed and operated 8 care homes for the elderly and Carepro UK Ltd which provided domiciliary care.

Ian Brett Coombes (49) gave an 8-year Directors Disqualification Undertaking on 2 September 2015 for providing documentation to the company accountant for preparation of the end of year accounts which recorded fictitious payments totalling 830,015 made to HMRC.

Mr Coombes also failed to meet statutory obligations that these accounts were then audited and also that PAYE/NIC returns were filed to HMRC. Furthermore, he caused another company to trade to the detriment of HMRC resulting in a liability of 567,466 to HMRC.

Karen Jane Coombes (45) gave a 4-year Directors Disqualification Undertaking on 2 September 2015 for her involvement.

David Brooks, Chief Investigator of the Insolvency Service, commented:

These disqualifications should demonstrate to company directors that the Insolvency Service will investigate all forms of misconduct, no matter how complicated the evidence or how long the paper trail is.

We will always look to remove from the business community those directors who act below the standards expected of them

The disqualifications mean that Mr and Mrs Coombes may not be directors of a company or be involved in the management of a company in any way for the duration of the disqualifications.