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Prison sentence and confiscation order against disqualified director who breached his ban

A confiscation order was made on 19 January 2015 against John William Dixon.

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Mr Dixon was previously sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on 19 December 2014 following his guilty plea in relation to offences of acting in the management of two companies whilst subject to a disqualification undertaking.

Mr Dixon was sentenced to:

  • 12 months concurrent imprisonment on each count, which was suspended for 2 years
  • In addition, he was ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work for the community and was disqualified from acting as a director for a further 7 years

Mr Dixon’s conviction follows an initial investigation by the Insolvency Service and a full criminal investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The investigation showed that Mr Dixon between 30th day of November 2009 and the 1st day of April 2011, being a disqualified acted as a director or directly or indirectly took part in or was concerned in the promotion, formation or management of a company, namely West Translations Limited company number 07091468, without the leave of the Court.

Mr Dixon between the 25th day of August 2009 and the 1st day of April 2011, being a disqualified person also acted as a director or directly or indirectly took part in or was concerned in the promotion, formation or management of a company, namely Aplingo Limited Guernsey registered company number 50820, without the leave of the Court.

The court heard that Mr Dixon benefited personally from his criminal conduct and did not pay a number of creditors for works, which they carried out on his behalf. The unpaid invoices ranged from £35 to £16,702.00. In total BIS sought compensation for 75 identifiable victims. Mr Dixon initially sought, without success, to persuade BIS that his actions were limited and that creditors (freelance translators) had not been unpaid as a result of the trading of his two companies.

BIS subsequently initiated confiscation proceedings, which resulted in the court making the following order on 19 January 2015: * Confiscation: £61,346.00; payable within 6 months (8 months imprisonment in default). * Compensation: £132,361.03; payable within 6 months. * Contribution towards costs: £6,292.97; payable within 6 months. Total: £200,000.00

Mr Dixon has interests in 4 properties and will now take steps to realise his assets so that the victims can be compensated fully.

Commenting on the result at Bristol Crown Court on 19th January 2015 Investigation Officer Tony James from BIS said:

Mr Dixon operated a translation service but did not pay his staff. This undermines the basic ethics of business. The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills will not tolerate such activity. By pursing Mr. Dixon through the court for these criminal offences the Department have secured compensation for several victims as well as a confiscation order for the benefit Mr Dixon obtained in the commission of his crime.

The enforcement of the compensation will be dealt with by HM Court Service.

Notes to editors

Name and Town of Defendant: John William Dixon (previously known as John William Crossman). Mr Dixon is of Bristol.

The relevant law in relation to this matter: Acting in the management of a company, despite being disqualified. The Judge commended the Department on the way the case and the evidence had been prepared and commented that the Department was entirely proper to have brought this case.

Offences: Counts from the indictment:

Count 1 - Statement of offence

Acting in breach of a Disqualification Undertaking contrary to Section 13 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986

Particulars of offence

John William Dixon between the 30th day of November 2009 and the 1st day of April 2011, being a disqualified person by virtue of a disqualification undertaking entered into with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on 19th December 2008, acted as a director or directly or indirectly took part in or was concerned in the promotion, formation or management of a company, namely West Translations Limited company number 07091468, without the leave of the Court

Count 2

Statement of offence

Acting in breach of a Disqualification Undertaking contrary to Section 13 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986

Particulars of offence

John William Dixon between the 25th day of August 2009 and the 1st day of April 2011, being a disqualified person by virtue of a disqualification undertaking entered into with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on 19th December 2008, acted as a director or directly or indirectly took part in or was concerned in the promotion, formation or management of a company, namely Aplingo Limited Guernsey registered company number 50820, without the leave of the Court.

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.

BIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies. Further information about the work of the Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team is available.

Published 23 January 2015
Last updated 2 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include additional court dates.
  2. First published.