A man who was disqualified as a company director after raising money in a charity’s name and failing to donate it has been jailed for 13 months for continuing to act as a director.
Wesley Scott Gregory, aged 32, from Manchester, was disqualified from acting as a company director for eight years in 2008 after setting up a company called Global Media Productions, which raised cash by proposing to produce safety and crime awareness booklets and claiming that the proceeds would be given to the children’s cancer charity KidsCan.
But the booklets were never printed and no donation was ever made. The scheme operated without KidsCan’s knowledge, and Gregory used the charity’s name without authority.
After being disqualified, Gregory acted as director of 13 companies between 18 November 2010 and 20 July 2012, and changed his name three times to attempt to avoid detection, calling himself David Gill, Edward Owen and Michael Standing, a statement from the Insolvency Service said.
He was sent a letter by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills warning him he was breaking the law, but still continued to trade.
After a prosecution brought by BIS on behalf of the Insolvency Service, Gregory pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court on 9 October, and on Friday was sentenced to four concurrent sentences of 13 months for acting in contravention of a disqualification order, a criminal offence under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.