The director of a care home has been handed a seven year director disqualification for failing to ensure the company kept adequate accounts.

Douglas Arthur Haigh, director of DAH Healthcare Ltd was handed the seven year ban by Bournemouth & Poole County Court on 26 October 2016 following an investigation by the Insolvency Service which revealed inadequacies in the records which left company spending of over ?1.9 million unexplained.

In addition Mr Haigh failed to make payments to HM Revenue and Customs for PAYE; the company owed ?338,298 for the tax years 2010/11 onwards.

DAH Healthcare Ltd, which traded as The Old Rectory care home in Langton Maltravers, Swanage, went into administration on 21 October 2013, owing ?3.6 million to creditors which included ?956,213 of unsecured creditors.

Mr Haigh was the company?s only director from 2007 until it went into administration in 2013.

Commenting on the disqualification, Sue MacLeod, Chief Investigator at the Insolvency Service said:

Directors have a duty to ensure that their companies maintain and preserve proper accounting records, and Mr Haigh failed in this regard.

Mr Haigh also failed to comply with his responsibility to submit returns and payments to HM Revenue and Customs. The Insolvency Service will take action against directors who do not take their obligations seriously and abuse their position of trust.