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Bankrupt haulier who ignored ban on being a director avoids prison

  • 07 February 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

A bankrupt haulier who ignored a ban on being a director so that he could run a Devon haulage firm has escaped a prison sentence.

Shaun Standen pleaded guilty to breaching a disqualification order at Exeter Crown Court to continue running Westcountry Storage Distribution under a new name, Russet Red.

But Judge Philip Wassall spared him jail, instead handing him a 16-month sentence suspended for two years.

Standen is also under a curfew, from 8pm to 7am for six months and he was ordered to pay costs of £5,000.

A CM investigation into Standen’s 15-year ban in 2011 also revealed that huge withdrawals of fuel were made by Westcountry in 2008 when its credit facility was about to be removed, prompting an Insolvency Service investigation.

Exeter Crown Court later found that the directors had no reasonable expectation of paying their fuelcard company back.

According to local reports, the haulier’s latest ploy to sidestep his disqualification by pretending to be his brother came unstuck because he is more than six foot tall and his brother is a mere 5ft 4 inches.


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