Intrinsically dishonest company director jailed
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A dodgy company director who operated companies while bankrupt and forged
documents has been jailed for four years and nine months.
Roy Harold Goss, 67, of Lichfield Road, Cambridge, was convicted in Croydon
Crown Court of 18 charges, including offences relating to the management of
companies in Swansea and Croydon.
He was also disqualified from acting as a director or in the management of a
company for 10 years.
In passing sentence, Judge Kenneth MacRae said Goss was "intrinsically
dishonest" and a "menace to the commercial and business community". Goss'
companies ran up unpaid debts of £3m.
Business Minister Pat McFadden said:
"We are determined to crack down on cheats like these who profit by
"When someone acts in this way they are effectively stealing from honest
businesses, who are owed money and can suffer as a result.
"This prosecution sends a clear message to would-be fraudsters that they
won't get away with it."
Goss was convicted of the following offences:
* Eight charges of acting in the management of companies whilst an
* Three charges of making or using forged documents
* Two charges of perjury
* Two charges of acting with intent to pervert the course of justice contrary to
* Three charges of failing to deliver the records of three of the companies to
the liquidator following liquidation
Goss became bankrupt in 2000 prohibiting him from acting as a director of a
company, or taking part in the promotion, formation or management of a company.
He breached this restriction in relation to eight companies between 2000 and
2006. Six of the companies went into liquidation, leaving unpaid debts of £3m.
He then sought to avoid the consequences of the bankruptcy and legal
proceedings brought against him.
His attempts included:
* pretending that his estranged wife, Fay Goss was a director and running the
companies and submitting false documents purporting to be signed by her
* writing to credit reference agencies enclosing copies of bogus High Court
Orders purporting to have been made by a High Court Judge annulling the
* falsely claiming that two of the companies were run not by him, but by his
cousin, Royston Goss.
1. Goss became involved with five electrical contractor firms in Swansea
between 1998 and 2001:
* Teasdale Electrical Ltd
* Dragon Group Ltd
* Mumbles Electrics Ltd
* Trojan Logistics Ltd
* Teasdale Electrical Engineering Ltd
2. All of these companies ended in liquidation. In the course of acquiring
the companies he engaged accountants and failed to pay them. They petitioned for
his bankruptcy and a bankruptcy order was made on December 22nd 2000. Normally
his bankruptcy would have been suspended after three years. However, his
bankruptcy was suspended because he failed to cooperate with the Official
Receiver and trustee.
3. He became involved in three companies dealing with water purification and
air conditioning systems in the Croydon area in 2003:
* Estec Environmental Ltd
* Excel WTS Ltd
* E-Tek Holdings Ltd
4. Goss then made a number of unsuccessful applications to annul his
bankruptcy. He provided credit agencies with forged court orders discharging him
5. Prosecution against Goss was brought by the Department for Business.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-11-01 12:09:30 in Business Articles