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Swindon directors sentenced for breaching disqualification

Alan Roche and Richard Edward Brown, father of Richard David Brown, were also given community orders for listing themselves as company directors of Door Stores Ltd, incorporated in July 2006, and Fire Secured Door Sets Ltd, incorporated in June 2009

The Insolvency Service has revealed that Door Stores boss Richard David Brown has received a 20 month suspended prison sentence for acting as a company director whilst his associates were in breach of their disqualifications.

Alan Roche and Richard Edward Brown, father of Brown, were also given community orders for listing themselves as company directors of Door Stores Ltd, incorporated in July 2006, and Fire Secured Door Sets Ltd, incorporated in June 2009.

In June 2010, however, Roche was made bankrupt and was required to resign directorship of both companies.

In March 2011, Brown Sr was disqualified from acting as a company director for six years as a result of his “unfit conduct” at another company, meaning he could not be involved in the “day to day” running of Door Stores or Fire Secured Door Sets.

Door Stores continued to trade for a number of years until it went into liquidation in August 2015, owing creditors more than £240,000.

The company’s liquidation triggered an investigation which found that Brown Sr and Roche were both actively, yet illegitimately, involved in the day to day running of the company.

Due to their conduct at Door Stores, Roche was disqualified for three-and-a-half years in December 2016 and Richard Brown Sr was disqualified for 11 years in January 2017.

Despite this, Roche continued in the management of Fire Secured Door Sets until August 2017, whilst Brown Sr continued operating until August 2019 when the company was dissolved.

The Insolvency Service launched criminal prosecutions against the men and in May 2021, Brown pleaded guilty to three counts of acting in breach of a disqualification undertaking, while Roche pleaded guilty to one count of acting in breach of a disqualification undertaking and two counts of acting as a director whilst being an undischarged bankrupt.

They were sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on 26 July 2021, with Brown Sr receiving a 20 month suspended sentence and a further 13 year disqualification order and Roche receiving an 18 month community order and a further six year disqualification order.

Meanwhile Brown was given a 12 month community order.

Glenn Wicks, chief investigator at the Insolvency Service, said: “For several years, Richard Brown Sr and Alan Roche were actively managing two companies in flagrant and persistent breach of their disqualification breaches and bankruptcy restrictions.

“All three defendants had a total and repeated disregard for the disqualification undertakings they had signed and as a result have been brought before the courts.”

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