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Care home directors disqualified

Insolvency Service warns that no level of complexity or length of paper trail will discourage it from investigating

7 October 2015

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Care home directors Ian Brett Coombes and Karen Jane Coombes, both of Cheddar, have been given director disqualifications of eight and four years for providing accountants with documents detailing fictitious payments to HMRC.

Ian Brett Coombes, 49, provided documents to the company accountant which recorded fictitious payments of £830,015 to HMRC.

He also failed to meet statutory obligations that PAYE/NIC returns be filed to HMRC, as well as failing to have the accounts audited. He gave an eight-year directors disqualification undertaking on 2 September 2015.

Karen Jane Coombes, 45, gave a four-year directors disqualification undertaking on 2 September 2015, for her involvement.

David Brooks, chief investigator of the Insolvency Service, signalled a warning to any directors who may be tempted to engage in misconduct.

'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 pair's disqualifications follow an investigation by the Insolvency Service into Alutarius Ltd, which managed and operated 8 care homes for the elderly and Carepro UK Ltd which, provided domiciliary care.

Alutarius was placed into administration on 2 August 2010 and Carepro was placed into administration on 14 June 2011.


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