John William Dixon was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on 19 December 2014 following his guilty plea in relation to offences of acting in the management of two companies whilst subject to a disqualification undertaking.
Mr Dixon was sentenced to:
12 months concurrent imprisonment on each count, which was suspended for 2 years
In addition, he was ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work for the community and was disqualified from acting as a director for a further 7 years
Mr Dixons conviction follows an initial investigation by the Insolvency Service and a full criminal investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The investigation showed that Mr Dixon between 30th day of November 2009 and the 1st day of April 2011, being a disqualified acted as a director or directly or indirectly took part in or was concerned in the promotion, formation or management of a company, namely West Translations Limited company number 07091468, without the leave of the Court.
Mr Dixon between the 25th day of August 2009 and the 1st day of April 2011, being a disqualified person also acted as a director or directly or indirectly took part in or was concerned in the promotion, formation or management of a company, namely Aplingo Limited Guernsey registered company number 50820, without the leave of the Court.
The court heard that Mr Dixon benefited personally from his criminal conduct and did not pay a number of creditors for works, which they carried out on his behalf. The unpaid invoices ranged from 35 to 16,702.00. In total BIS sought compensation for 75 identifiable victims. Mr Dixon initially sought, without success, to persuade BIS that his actions were limited and that creditors (freelance translators) had not been unpaid as a result of the trading of his two companies.
BIS subsequently initiated confiscation proceedings, which resulted in the court making the following order on 19 January 2015: * Confiscation: 61,346.00; payable within 6 months (8 months imprisonment in default). * Compensation: 132,361.03; payable within 6 months. * Contribution towards costs: 6,292.97; payable within 6 months. Total: 200,000.00
Mr Dixon has interests in 4 properties and will now take steps to realise his assets so that the victims can be compensated fully.
Commenting on the result at Bristol Crown Court on 19th January 2015 Investigation Officer Tony James from BIS said:
Mr Dixon operated a translation service but did not pay his staff. This undermines the basic ethics of business. The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills will not tolerate such activity. By pursing Mr. Dixon through the court for these criminal offences the Department have secured compensation for several victims as well as a confiscation order for the benefit Mr Dixon obtained in the commission of his crime.
The enforcement of the compensation will be dealt with by HM Court Service.