Twelve-year ban for director who stole from firm to buy horses

Horses and ponies victims of deliberate cruelty during the summer, says RSPCA.

Lisa Crawshaw said she found buying horses “more addictive than drugs”.

Lisa Crawshaw, 46, was a director of Scunthorpe-based family haulage firm C&C Transport, from 2006 until 2020. She admitted to stealing over £1.7 million from the business, using the money to buy horses and equestrian equipment.

Her fellow directors, including her brother, were completely unaware of her actions, only discovering them when the business started receiving letters from creditors when the company was sold.

At her sentencing at Grimsby Crown Court, Crawshaw said she found buying horses “more addictive than drugs”.

The company ceased trading in October 2018 but remained live on the Companies House register until August 2020 when it went into liquidation.

The disqualification undertaking, which runs for 12 years from June 29, 2021, means she must not directly or indirectly, become involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.

Jo Walker, lead investigator in the case said on August 11, “Ms Crawshaw abused her position as a director of her company to commit fraud, and the length of her disqualification period should act as a deterrent to other directors who might be tempted to exploit their position in a similar way.”

Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings, or if court proceedings have already started, bring them to an immediate end. Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of restrictions.


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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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