Jacob H Ltd (JHL), a company that claimed to offer LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) training courses, was wound up in the public interest by the High Court on 14 May for taking advance payments from customers, yet failing to deliver any courses.

The winding up follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

Commenting on the case, David Hill, an Investigations Supervisor, with the Insolvency Service, said:

This company appeared to have no intention of providing the services it claimed it could and instead duped customers into paying for service they were never likely to receive and winding it up protects the public from losing more money in this way.

The winding up should serve as a warning that the Insolvency Service will take action to remove rogue companies from the business environment.

The company on average took 920 in advance fees per customer, and,in a number of cases, agreed to pay for refunds in instances where it acknowledged that no service had been provided. Even in these cases, the company failed to provide any refunds due to those customers.

The company is known to have taken over 130,000 from unsuspecting customers, and has failed to account for any of that money. Over 40 complaints had been made to Islington Trading Standards against the company, mostly concerning the non provision of services paid for.

The investigation found that Jacob H Ltd offered its services via the websites www.jacobholding.co.uk and http://become-a-bus-driver.co.uk , both now defunct and both of which drew their contents from those of legitimate driving course providers. The company abandoned its last known contact addresses at Unit P1, Bow Wharf, London, E3 5SN and 19 Hamilton Park, London, N5 1SH.

The company has failed to file accounts and has no current appointed director, which are breaches of Companies Act regulations. Former company directors included Hussain Ahmed and Mohammed Khaled.