Aidan Earley, the long term close business partner of Craig Whyte, is suing me for £50,000 for libel because I have, he claims, damaged his good reputation as a businessman and financier. As our research team looks at the 52 UK companies where he has been involved since starting his career in 1988... well that can wait. But before Mr Earley continues with this farce I should like him to consider two emails I have received from Mr Tony Keeling... oh dear, oh dear Aidan.
You will remember that following the collapse of Wood Hall Mr Earley was banned in 2013 from acting as a director. The penalties for acting as a shadow director while serving such a ban can include up to two years in the slammer and picking up any liabilities that the company where you were a shadow incurred when it went bust.
Worthington went bust in late 2016 and among its liabilities were at least £3 million to its pension fund Jerome. I demonstrated clearly HERE that Mr Earley was acting as a director might at Worthington. But it seems I am not the only one looking into this matter. I start with an email from Tony Keeling dated January 9 to me:
I am not surprised that the announcement has come. You will note that liquidators have been appointed in this case and they will have the control of the company.
The Official Receiver’s role in this case is now purely to investigate for misconduct and the investigation is ongoing.
Oh that sounds interesting. Who is Tony? He is the senior examiner at the Public Interest Unit of the Insolvency Services. That is the unit that looks at high profile frauds where there may have been some naughtiness. Out of the blue Tony emailed me again on March 2nd.
Ref Aidan Chan Earley
Dear Mr Winnifrith
I understand that you have sent emails to the Insolvency Service regarding the above named and his role at Worthington. I am investigating Worthington and will continue to do so, it would be appreciated if all further developments get sent to me directly as they may assist my investigation.
Oh dear Aidan. I kind of think the judge is going to want to know a bit more about this as you try to explain to him why you have a good reputation to protect. I will call Mr Keeling as a witness and whose word is going to be more credible his or yours? Natch, I will be passing on more documents to Tony and at least two others who dealt with you at Worthington will also be passing on their evidence that you acted as a shadow director.
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