Bogus builder jailed

Published:  10 December, 2010

HUNTINGDON: A builder has been jailed for six years for stealing from suppliers and customers while running a string of construction and property companies under a series of aliases.

Huntingdon Crown Court sentenced Richard Neil Grout to six years imprisonment for fraud, fraudulent trading, failing to cooperate with the official receiver (Northampton); perjury and acting as a director of a company while disqualified.

Mr Grout, of Milton Keynes, also used the names Richard Van de Groot, Richard Van Der Grout, Richard de Grout, Richard Winters; Richard Van der Saar and Reuben Bilj.

He pleaded guilty to 12 criminal charges and admitted he ran a number of bent businesses including UIC, Concourse Property, Woburn Property and Equus Areans.

Mr Grout claimed memberships of trade bodies including the Federation of Master Builders when no membership existed.

The court heard that Mr Grout acted as director of a number of companies even though he was bankrupt and disqualified from doing so. He concealed his bankruptcy by using different names on company documents than the name the bankruptcy order was in. To provide appropriate proof of identity Mr Grout went to the effort of changing the names on his passport and driving licence several times.

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