A man who twice registered companies using false information about well-known people has become the first person to be prosecuted for this offence and will have to pay out over £12,000 for his transgressions.
Redditch Magistrates’ Court found that businessman Kevin Brewer had provided false details when he incorporated two companies.
In 2013, he registered John Vincent Cable Services Ltd at Companies House. By doing so, he made the former Business Secretary a director and shareholder, but without Mr Cable’s knowledge.
Companies House dissolved the company and removed it from the company register, but in 2016 Mr Brewer formed Cleverly Clogs Ltd, claiming that Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the Minister with responsibility for Companies House, was a director and shareholder.
He also stated that James Cleverly MP and an imaginary Israeli national, Ibrahim Aman, were directors and shareholders.
When Companies House discovered that both Baroness Neville-Rolfe and Mr Cleverly had been associated with the new company without their knowledge, it dissolved the company and took it off the register.
At Redditch Magistrates’ Court, Mr Brewer pleaded guilty to breaking section 1112 of the Companies Act 2006. He was fined £1602 and ordered to pay costs of £10,462.50 and a Victim Surcharge of £160.
Commenting on the case, Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said that the prosecution shows that the Government will come down hard on people who knowingly break the law and file false information on the company register.
“Companies House works hard to protect and continually upgrade the company register, identifying potentially criminal activities and working closely with law enforcement bodies to help bring those perpetrators to justice,” he warned.