Companies House has announced that a company director has been successfully prosecuted for providing false information to Companies House.
Under section 1112 of the Companies Act 2006, it is a criminal offence to deliver a document or make a statement to the Registrar of Companies that is misleading, false or deceptive in a material particular.
In this case, the director had incorporated a company in 2013 and listed former Business Secretary and now leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable MP as a director.
Separately, in 2016, he incorporated a company with Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Minister with responsibility for Companies House), James Cleverly MP (now Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party) and a fictitious Israeli national as directors.
In both cases, Companies House took action and the companies were dissolved.
The director in question was fined £1,602 and ordered to pay costs of £10,462.50 and a “victim surcharge” of £160. Companies House believes this is the first time an individual has been successfully prosecuted under section 1112.
Companies House has issued public guidance on its enforcement strategy. In general, it will use “lighter touch enforcement” to secure compliance with regulations. In this case, the decision to prosecute will no doubt have been informed by the facts that the offence in question was committed on more than one occasion and the director attempted to appoint individuals without their knowledge.