THE BOSS of a business selling replacement engines has been banned from running a company for 12 years after he failed to deliver goods despite accepting payments.
Ali Cakirgoz, 61, of Waltham Abbey, Essex, is subject to a disqualification order preventing him from acting as a director for 12 years, effective from April 27, 2018.
Total Engine Replacement Ltd was incorporated in February 2015, advertising replacement engines on numerous websites that were all registered to the company.
But Trading Standards and the Insolvency Service began to receive complaints from customers who said they hadn’t received their products and couldn’t get hold of anyone at Total Engine Replacement, which had its registered address in Marshgate Lane, Marshgate İndustrial Estate, near Bow in east London.
The Insolvency Service carried out an initial investigation into the company’s activities before gathering enough evidence to place Total Engine Replacement into compulsory liquidation in September 2016.
Investigators found that despite accepting payments from customers, the company failed to deliver any of the products it had promised. Customers who then tried to complain were left frustrated as the company left emails unanswered and disconnected telephone numbers.
In little over a year, Total Engine Replacement failed to provide goods to the value of at least £58,065 to around 58 customers.
Cakirgoz, who was the director, did not co-operate with the inquiries and, when asked, failed to maintain adequate accounting records. This meant investigators were unable to establish exactly how much money was received, where the money was paid into and what the company’s current levels of assets and liabilities were.
Following the disqualification, he is now prevented from acting, directly or indirectly, as a director of a company for 12 years, having allowed Total Engine Replacement to trade with a lack of commercial probity and failing to maintain adequate accounting records.
Irshard Mohammed, investigation supervisor with the Insolvency Service, said: ‘Ali Cakirgoz had a total lack of regard for his customers. But thankfully his bogus sales activities finally caught up with him and we have been able to put the brakes on his deceitful activities.
‘Both the winding-up proceedings and the subsequent disqualification action show that we will use the full weight of our powers to take firm action against companies and individuals that operate in such an unscrupulous way.’
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