Two garage bosses have been banned after they allowed a disqualified director, who happened to be their husband and ex-husband respectively, to run their company
Janice Rogers and Elizabeth Dagg, both from Northumberland, were directors of Auto Testing Limited (ATL). Incorporated in February 2007, ATL operated as a car mechanics, fuel station and convenience store.
There was also a third boss, Stewart Rogers. However he had been previously disqualified for five years in January 2011 in relation to his conduct as director of a separate company, Northern 4 x 4 Centre LTD, and should not have been managing the business.
The company entered voluntary liquidation in October 2016 and the Insolvency Service was tipped off to Rogers’ involvement.
Investigators were able to gather evidence which showed that Rogers had been running ATL and Janice Rogers, Stewart’s current wife, and Elizabeth Dagg, his ex-wife, had been aware of his disqualification.
Rogers, who admitted acting as director whilst disqualified, has now been banned for 11 years. Rogers and Dagg have both been disqualified for five years.
Robert Clarke, chief investigator for the Insolvency Service, said: ‘The Insolvency Service will vigorously pursue directors who ignore disqualification restrictions against them, as well as those that allow such directors to act. The length of the undertakings in this case sends a clear message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.’
Report by Pat Sweet