Bankrupt who lied about position is jailed

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A BANKRUPT businessman, barred from becoming a company director, became involved with another firm and then lied to a couple who paid for building work they needed for their disabled son, that was never completed, a court heard.

Jamie Hindley who had been trading as Choice Landscapes, was made bankrupt on June 6, 2005 on his own petition with an estimated deficiency of £236,887.

He was disqualified from being a director or concerned in the promotion, formation or management of a company for nine years, Craig Hassall prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court yesterday.

But in 2008 his then wife Danielle Hindley incorporated Ripe Ventures Ltd of which she was the sole director which provided building services. Although her husband was never entered as an employee of the company it was clear “he was heavily involved in the management and promotion,” said Mr Hassall.

He described himself as the manager and signed applications for credit in that position and on the website was responsible for project management. He said he had always been his own boss and it was he who recruited sub contractors.

Mr Hassall said two of the customers taken in by his lies were Ann and David Armitage who applied to Leeds council to extend their home for the benefit of their disabled son in Adel, Leeds and received a quote from him.

He lied telling them he had never been subject to county court judgments. They paid over £150,000 for the work which was not completed and what was done was of a poor standard, he said.

Ripe Ventures Ltd was wound up on December 22, 2008 on the petition of a creditor, with an estimated deficiency of £118,000.

Hindley, 32 of Laurel Terrace, Armley, Leeds admitted being concerned in the management of a company while bankrupt and fraud. He was jailed for a total of 30 months including six months from a previously suspended sentence arising from his original bankruptcy relating to concealing property and false statements. He also had to pay £14,880 compensation to the Armitages.

Danielle Hindley, 27 of Lees Hall Road, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury who admitted aiding and abetting the company charge was given a 12 months community order with 120 hours unpaid work and £500 costs.

Philip Tully representing her said she had not been initially aware of all the restrictions imposed under the bankruptcy order.Judge Sally Cahill QC sentencing her said she was naieve but her husband knew what he was doing.