UK’s ‘first ever’ successful prosecution for false company information

Company director Kevin Brewer has a dubious claim to fame. He is thought to be the first person to be successfully prosecuted for falsifying company information under laws that came into effect in 2009.

First, he set up a company making Liberal Democrat leader Vincent Cable a director and shareholder, without the politician’s knowledge. He then formed another company, Cleverly Clogs Limited, making among others Baroness Neville-Rolfe (the minister responsible for Companies House) a director and shareholder without her consent.

Companies House dissolved both companies. Brewer was fined £12,000 after he pleaded guilty to breaking section 1112 of the Companies Act 2006, which sets out the criminal offence of providing false information on the company register.

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