Four brothers who ran a garage business in Bolton, which supplied defective refurbished car engines, carried out defective work and took unauthorised payments from customer credit cards, have been disqualified from acting as directors for a total of 25 years following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

Taqeer Ahmed (age 39), Kabir Ahmed (30), Saghir Ahmed (52), all of Bolton, Lancashire and Qadeer Ahmed (36) who is currently resident in Saudi Arabia, all gave undertakings to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills not to be a director of a limited company for periods of between four and nine years.

Commenting on the disqualification, Ken Beasley, Official Receiver of the Insolvency Services Public Interest Unit, said:

The disqualifications are wholly deserved. The services provided by the companies fell well below the standards reasonably expected by customers and the defective motor parts supplied by the companies could have been a serious danger to the public.

I am grateful to Bolton Trading Standards for assisting our investigations and enabling a joined up approach to address the directors misconduct.

The Insolvency Service will not hesitate to use its statutory powers to investigate and disqualify directors who fail to uphold reasonable standards of conduct in the market place.

The brothers were directors of Engine World Limited which went into Voluntary Liquidation on 22 December 2011 owing creditors and shareholders 233,489 and RMI Engines Ltd (RMI) which was wound up on Public Interest grounds on 15 June 2012 owing creditors and shareholders 354,333.

The misconduct identified by investigators included the companies supplying defective refurbished engines, carrying out defective work and taking unauthorised payments from customer credit cards. The investigation also found the brothers had ignored guidance from Bolton Trading Standards who had intervened after receiving numerous customer complaints.