Bankrupts convicted after running distribution firm

A Leeds couple who ripped off suppliers of toiletries, greetings cards and fancy goods in Bradford, Bristol and Rochdale by writing fraudulent cheques have been sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after a successful DTI prosecution.

Tina Patel, 28, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and her husband Davindra, 29, received a two year community rehabilitation order after they pleaded guilty to setting up a company while bankrupt, obtaining a hire vehicle by deception and 12 other offences of obtaining property by deception. They were also banned from acting as directors for seven years.
The pair had been declared bankrupt on June 24 2002 but set up Ironmade Distribution Limited, and acted as directors even though their bankruptcies barred them from doing
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Tina Patel used a stolen chequebook to make fraudulent purchases leaving local businesses out of pocket.

In sentencing Tina Patel the judge stated that the offences, some of which were committed on bail, were so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence could be justified.

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