Nine-year ban for company director over art investment scam

 Nine-year ban for company director over art investment scam

THE owner of an art investment business which conned customers out of hundreds of thousands of pounds has been banned from acting as a company director.

Lee Swindells, from Orford, was placed onto the Companies House disqualified directors register by the UK Government’s Insolvency Service earlier this month.

This ban will last for a period of nine months.

It comes after his company, Wardells Design Limited, was wound up by the High Court last year.

The business came to the attention of the Insolvency Service during a previous probe into associated companies, including Gem Tobin Ltd – which was based on Warren Road in Orford before being wound up in 2019 over a £1million scam.

Investigators discovered that Wardells and Ipswich-based Camp Partners Limited received more than £600,000 in payments between March 2019 and February 2020 from people who believed that they were investing in works by renowned…

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