Dipak Rao, former director of Deep Purple (Overseas) Limited (DPO) and HEC Enterprises Limited (HEC), has been disqualified from acting as a director for a period of 11 years for misappropriating company funds of at least £2 million.
An investigation by the Insolvency Service found that Rao had made numerous payments from the company accounts to his personal accounts between 2008 and 2014.
Rao concealed what he had done by ensuring that the transactions did not appear in the financial accounts and by restricting access to the companies’ bank statements. He resigned as a director from both companies on 24 November 2014, which went into administration on 19 January 2016.
He has now given a director disqualification undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for 11 years which prevents him from managing or controlling a company without leave of the court until 2028.
Commenting on the disqualification, Sue Macleod, Chief Investigator at The Insolvency Service, said:
Rao misappropriated company funds, causing detriment to the company and its creditors, to his own personal benefit.
Company directors should note from this enforcement result that actions of this kind will lead to serious censure.
This disqualification is a reminder to others tempted to do the same that the Insolvency Service will rigorously pursue enforcement action and seek to remove from them for a lengthy period, the privilege of trading with limited liability, in order to protect the public for a lengthy period.