Suspended prison term for Doncaster businessman

Scales of Justice
Scales of Justice

A Doncaster businessman who tried to squirrel away more than £30,000 when his company went bust has been given a suspended prison sentence.

The offences dated back to October-December 2011 when Anthony Haigh, aged 61, of Scrooby Road, Bircotes, was a director of Bassetlaw Services Ltd.

He pleaded not guilty at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court to two offences of fraudulently removing the sums of £15,616 and £15,002 from the company after it was wound up on October 24 that year, in breach of The Insolvency Act.

The bench found him guilty and imposed a 26 weeks prison sentence, suspended for two years, because he had placed the money into his personal bank account away from creditors.

Haigh was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work and to pay prosecution costs of £3,700, at the rate of £20 a month.

The court has also banned him from being a company director for five years.