Press release

Joint working brings significant penalties to directors who ignore the law

Akhyar Manzur of Salford has given a disqualification undertaking for 6 years to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in respect of his conduct as the sole director of John Moors Ltd which operated as a convenience store.

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In January 2012 the UK Border Agency (now Home Office Immigration Enforcement) conducted a raid on the business and found an illegal worker operating as the manager of the shop. During the course of their raid they discovered £18,000 in cash in suitcases upstairs which Mr Manzur at one point claimed was takings from the sub-post office operated on the premises, as well as false pay slips using a fake PAYE number which had been given to staff.These funds were confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by Trafford Magistrates Court.

Following significant co-operation between the Home Office and the Insolvency Service, an investigation revealed that Mr Manzur had also failed to ensure the company submitted VAT returns from December 2010 onwards and failed to make payment of VAT and PAYE as required and also submitted false accounts for the year ended 31 May 2010 stating the company was dormant when its bank accounts revealed income of nearly £185,000.

Vicky Bagnall, Director of the Investigations and Enforcement department of the Insolvency Service said:

This is yet another example of how government departments effectively cooperate to ensure those who abuse the law face its full weight. The close working relationship demonstrated in this case between the Insolvency Service and Home Office Immigration Enforcement is testament to this joined up approach.

Notes to editors

Mr Manzur’s date of birth is 24 June 1972 and he resides in Manchester.

John Moors Limited (CRO No. 06595224) went into Liquidation on 21 March 2013 with a deficiency to creditors of £31,598 .It operated as a convenience store in Winsford, Cheshire.

The Undertaking takes effect from 19 November 2015 and prohibits Mr Manzur to act as a Director of a limited company until 19 November 202.

A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot:

  • act as a director of a company
  • take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership
  • be a receiver of a company’s property

In addition that person cannot act as an insolvency practitioner and there are many other restrictions are placed on disqualified directors by other regulations.

Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings. Further information on director disqualifications and restrictions is available.

The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.

Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.

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Published 30 November 2015