A North East debt collector who fraudulently took money from purchasers however by no means helped to get well any cash has been despatched to jail.
Robert Thomas Cree has been locked up for 4 years and 10 months for two counts of fraudulent trading and one depend of perverting the course of justice.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Cree, 41, of Netherwitton Way, Newcastle, ran various debt restoration corporations – Monument Management Limited, Falcon Management Limited and Redwood Business Management Limited, trading as Rojen Recovery Services.
In November 2014, Monument Management Ltd was wound up and a felony investigation was launched by the Insolvency Service.
Investigators discovered the enterprise was chilly calling organisations, providing debt restoration providers following fee of a subscription price.
Cree obtained substantial funds however, usually, Monument Management by no means recovered money owed and no service was offered.
In the corporate’s liquidation he additionally impersonated the corporate’s director to deceive the Official Receiver. He was charged with fraudulent trading and perverting the course of justice in October 2018.
Investigators additionally found that after Monument Management Ltd was wound up, Cree integrated Falcon Management Limited. The new firm supplied related debt restoration providers however was additionally wound up in April 2018.
The liquidation of Falcon Management triggered an investigation by the Insolvency Service into Cree’s conduct, and he was disqualified as an organization director for 11 years from May 2019.
Following his disqualification, in June 2019, Cree pleaded responsible to fraudulent trading in relation to his conduct whereas director of Monument Management Limited.
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Before his sentencing, investigators found the defendant was additionally performing as director of Redwood Business Management Limited, trading as Rojen Recovery Services. This was a direct breach of his 11-year disqualification order and triggered an extra felony enquiry.
Investigators quickly discovered that Cree operated Redwood in the identical approach as Monument and Falcon and had fraudulently obtained greater than £170,000.
Cree additionally used numerous aliases, together with Robert Robinson, all through his dealings together with his victims.
On January 18 this yr, he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court the place he pleaded responsible to fraudulent trading in relation to Redwood Business Management Limited.
On April 30, he was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months in jail and disqualified from performing as an organization director for 12 years for two counts of fraudulent trading and a depend of perverting the course of justice referring to Monument Management Limited and Redwood Business Management Ltd.
Judge Sarah Mallett described Cree as “plainly not reliable or sincere” and stated he knew what he was doing was flawed.
After the listening to, Julie Barnes, chief investigator on the Insolvency Service, stated: “Criminality like Robert Cree’s has an enormous monetary influence on the sufferer corporations concerned in his scams and the enterprise neighborhood as an entire.
“We labored arduous to quick observe our investigation after details about a brand new firm got here to mild throughout this defendant’s first sentencing.
“Robert Cree refused to co-operate with investigators all through however regardless of this, he has now been handed a prolonged sentence for his actions.”