Alleged fraud at Companies House. Registering companies with false names, addresses or DOB

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Dear Companies House,

We have been alerted that directors of companies, have listed two or more companies providing on registration different credentials, i.e. two different dates of birth.

1. Is it illegal to knowingly provide wrong information for registration to Companies House (i.e. false names, variations of names, false address, false DOB)

2. How many directors (being the same person) have used a different name, address or DOB on a company registered with Companies House to another of their companies registered with Companies House

3. How many complaints have been made or Companies House been made aware within the last 3 years raising concerns of directors using or providing false information?

4. How many complaints have been made or Companies House been made aware within the last 3 years raising concerns of the same person using different credentials (i.e. different / variations name, address, DOB,) for two or more companies registered with Companies House.

5. What action or investigation did Companies House take against complaints made or concerns raised in questions 2-4

6. Did Companies House refer any companies to the police, if so please indicate outcomes.

7. What safeguarding measures can the public take when viewing or obtaining information about a company on the Companies House web site, where there have been previous complaints or concerns as per questions 2-4

8. What safeguarding measures do Companies House take to ensure the public are safeguarded from criminal activity such as fraud when viewing or obtaining information about a company on the Companies House web site, where there have been previous complaints or concerns as per questions 2-4

The incident we was made aware of was a social worker registering two companies within the space of ONE day using two dates of birth. We believe that this is fraudulent.

See MCC Social Care Ltd 06621606 registered on 17/06/2008 giving date of birth 05/05/1965 and
Kaisey Services Ltd 06622886 registered on 18/06/2008 giving a date of birth of 26/03/1978

You can check yourself that the address given is the same for both companies and this social worker has been reported to our team covering up child abuse and stealing children from innocent parents, hence we want to know that persons are legitimately registering companies.

This example, maybe, is the sort of answers what we are looking for.

Page 2 of both the forms downloaded on Kaisey Services Ltd and MCC Social Care Ltd state “WARNING: The making of a false statement could result in liability to criminal prosecution.

9. How many people since 17th June 2008 have reported the director of MCC Social Care Ltd and Kaisey Services Ltd to Companies House and what were concerns.

10. Has Companies House reported the director of Kaisey Services Ltd and MCC Social Care to police, conducted an investigation, or sought criminal prosecution. Please state outcomes.

Yours faithfully,

S. Prichard

Caroline Griffiths, Companies House

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Caroline Griffiths

Information Rights Team

 

 

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Dear Mr Prichard

I refer to your email dated 15 February 2015 in which you have requested the following information;

1. Is it illegal to knowingly provide wrong information for registration to Companies House (i.e. false names, variations of names, false address, false DOB)
It is an offence under the Companies Act to submit a false filing. Information on reporting fraud to Companies House can be found on our website
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

2. How many directors (being the same person) have used a different name, address or DOB on a company registered with Companies House to another of their companies registered with Companies House
This information is not held however the information shown on our records for each individual is exactly how the information was presented to us by those submitting the form. Directorships would be matched by name, address details/date of birth, if these details were different on appointment then unless told otherwise we would assume they were separate individuals. When made aware of the inconsistent filing every attempt is made to contact the company and its officers to clarify if a genuine mistake has occurred or if indeed there is fraudulent activity.

3. How many complaints have been made or Companies House been made aware within the last 3 years raising concerns of directors using or providing false information?
This information is not held as Companies House do not produce statistics in the exact format you require however to be of assistance I have however attached a document which displays all the categories and statistics used by our Fraud team for the last 3 years.

4. How many complaints have been made or Companies House been made aware within the last 3 years raising concerns of the same person using different credentials (i.e. different / variations name, address, DOB,) for two or more companies registered with Companies House.
This information is not held as this specific type of query has not been captured in our statistics. As per question 3 above the categories captured are on the attached sheet.

5. What action or investigation did Companies House take against complaints made or concerns raised in questions 2-4.
When a complaint is received every attempt is made to contact the company and its officers to clarify if a genuine mistake has occurred or if indeed there is fraudulent activity. If it becomes evident that fraud has occurred then details of the customer complaint is forwarded to law enforcement agencies. Companies House has no Investigatory Powers and is therefore unable to investigate allegations of fraud. We would also advise customers to report suspected fraud to Action Fraud. We also work closely with Law Enforcement Authorities providing information to them and assisting them with their inquiries.

6. Did Companies House refer any companies to the police, if so please indicate outcomes.
Companies House advise customers who suspect fraudulent activity to report the details to the Police and BIS Investigators if the company is still trading. Once this is done we report the incident to the National Crime Agency. We do not hold information on the outcomes of companies reported to the Police, action taken could include disqualification of the company's directors or the company being closed down.

7. What safeguarding measures can the public take when viewing or obtaining information about a company on the Companies House web site, where there have been previous complaints or concerns as per questions 2-4.
Companies House acts primarily as a registry of company information. We must accept all documents sent to us in 'good faith', we do not have any powers to verify or validate the information contained on them. We can only act within the parameters of the Companies Act as we have no investigatory powers.
Companies House now provides the full company history, including its filings and officer information free on our website.
https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/

8. What safeguarding measures do Companies House take to ensure the public are safeguarded from criminal activity such as fraud when viewing or obtaining information about a company on the Companies House web site, where there have been previous complaints or concerns as per questions 2-4
Please see response to question 7.

9. How many people since 17th June 2008 have reported the director of MCC Social Care Ltd and Kaisey Services Ltd to Companies House and what were concerns.
Companies House neither confirms nor denies that it holds information falling within the scope of your request. The duty in section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of section 41(2) of that Act. This should not be taken as an indication that the information you requested is or is not held by this authority.

10. Has Companies House reported the director of Kaisey Services Ltd and MCC Social Care to police, conducted an investigation, or sought criminal prosecution. Please state outcomes.
We do not hold any information regarding this request.

I hope that the above information answers your enquiry but if you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

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If you are then not content with the outcome of your review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by us. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Caroline Griffiths
Information Rights Team
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