Scottish care home owner banned for six years for failing to explain £518,000 spends
A Scottish care home owner has been banned from being a company director for six years after Seabank Care Ltd in Saltcoats went into liquidation with no explanation for hundreds of thousands of pounds leaving company accounts.
Laurie Gray, 50, from Hamilton, was director of Seabank Care Ltd, incorporated in 2020 to operate Seabank Care Home. The company traded successfully for several years but began to encounter difficulties in 2016 and 2017.
No new admissions to the care home were allowed, and by 2018 it was recommended that the company cease trading and went into liquidation.
A second care home, Woodside Care Home, also operated by Laurie Gray, was also forced to close due to the liquidation.
The liquidator was appointed, and an Insolvency Service investigation found that Mr Gray had failed to preserve or deliver up adequate accounting records for Seabank Care Ltd.
He was unable to explain the company’s expenditure including cheque payments totalling £111,047, other unexplained withdrawals worth £62,887, and payments to a connected party and their companies totalling £343,717. Funds leaving the company accounts totalled almost £518,000.
Seabank Care Ltd had a loan of £50,596 and the liquidator was unable to confirm whether it had been collected for the benefit of the company, only that a further £23,000 was paid out to the loan company.
Mr Gray had also failed to file accounts for the period prior to the company’s liquidation. As a result, on 6 April 2021 the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Laurie Gray which means he cannot directly or indirectly, become involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.
Rob Clarke, chief investigator at the Insolvency Service, said: “As director of Seabank Care Home, Laurie Gray was entrusted with looking after the residents in his care, including using the funds they paid on legitimate costs. Instead, he failed to keep records or account for almost £518,000 leaving the company accounts.
“This ban should serve as a warning to other directors that if you fail to meet your obligations, including preserving accounting records, we can take action.”