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R v JN & Others

  • Operation Barber
  • R v JN & others
  • Southwark Crown Court

Fraudulent trading contrary to Section 458 of the Companies Act 1985.

  • Prosecuting Authority being The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • A vast amount of stock here was acquired by each of the 9 companies involved in the fraud within a relatively short period of time. The total estimated losses to creditors in respect of the 7 companies that we are dealing with in this case amounted to £3,437,000.
  • The 7 companies span a period which runs from the middle of August 2000 until the end of July 2007.
  • The goods ordered by the company will be goods with a high turnover and therefore easily disposable. In this case they included building materials, but also toys, wines and spirits, computers, furniture, petrol and diesel, and mobile phones. Evidence you might think of a planned fraud from the outset as many of the ordered items had no connection with the trade of the ordering company.
  • There are 6 defendants on the indictment. It is our case that they were involved in running 7 of the 9 fraudulent companies used in this fraud.
    • You will see that some defendants are involved in one company [Sukhi Samrai, Williams and Eric Harris], others are involved in 2 [Noon], 3 [Calvin Harris], and 4 [Ludgate].