23 January 2015
Disqualified Stroud director ordered to pay back £200k
A Stroud businessman who was banned from managing companies has been ordered to pay £200,000 in compensation, costs and confiscated money.
John William Dixon, who was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court last month after admitting acting in the management of two translation companies while disqualified, was told to pay back money owed to translators who were never paid.
“Mr Dixon operated a translation service but did not pay his staff,” said Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) investigation officer Tony James after the hearing to determine how much he should pay, at Bristol Crown Court on Monday, January 19.
“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 has 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.”
BIS said that between November 30, 2009 and April 1, 2011, Dixon, also known as John William Crossman, acted as a director or directly or indirectly of West Translations Limited (company number 07091468), and of Aplingo Limited Guernsey (company number 50820), while disqualified.
Dixon, of Eastcombe, near Stroud, admitted the charges and in December 2013 he was sentenced to 12 months concurrent imprisonment on each count, which was suspended for two years.
He was ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work in the community and was disqualified from acting as a director for a further seven years.
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. In total BIS sought compensation for 75 identifiable victims.
BIS initiated confiscation proceedings, which resulted in the court ordering £61,340 to be confiscated, £132,361.03 to be paid in compensation and a contribution towards costs if £6,292.97. All £200,000 must be paid within six months.
The conviction followed a full criminal investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).