Andrew Thorne, manager at the car dealership at Ken Thorne Group (KTG), has been sentenced after pleading guilty to four charges of theft contrary to section 1 of the Theft Act 1968, following a joint investigation into a £6 million asset stripping fraud by the SFO and South Wales Police. The case relates to Mr Thorne obtaining payments for car sales at KTG prior to its collapse. Andrew Thorne specifically requested customers to write cheques to his name and then paid them into his personal accounts. His brother, Nigel Thorne, had previously been tried and sentenced, and is currently serving his prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of obtaining money transfers by deception and of theft.
In addition, the SFO has disqualified Andrew Thorne from acting as a company director for five years and disqualified Nigel Thorne from acting as a company director for three years.