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Banned! Property management boss wrongly took out Covid loans

A property management chief has been disqualified as a director for 12 years after using his firms to take out £135,000 of Covid Bounce Back Loans to which he was not entitled.

Brendan Michael Gaughan, 40, from Glasgow was director of three separate property management companies - Gaughan Group Ltd, Gaughan Property Ltd, and Rentl Property Ltd.  They were only incorporated in February 2020 and did no business until April 2020.

As a result, they were not eligible for funds through the Bounce Back Loan  scheme, which was available only to firms that had been doing business on March 1 2020.


However in May 2020, Gaughan Group received a BBL of £50,000, Gaughan Property received a BBL also of £50,000, and Rentl Property Ltd received a BBL of £35,000.

Gaughan transferred all the funds into a single account and proceeded to use the money to buy a property worth nearly £160,000 in August 2020. He then sold the property in March 2021 for just over £140,000, and on the same day transferred £100,000 of the proceeds to his personal account.

All three companies were put into liquidation on October 11 2021, which triggered an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

The Insolvency Service says Gaughan accepts that none of his companies had been eligible for Bounce Back Loans. He has been banned for 12 years, effective from October 27 2022. The disqualification undertakings prevent him from directly, or indirectly, becoming involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company, without the permission of the court.

An Insolvency Service spokesperson says: “Bounce Back Loans were made available for trading companies adversely affected by the pandemic. 

"Brendan Gaughan should have known his companies weren’t entitled to the loans yet he took them anyway and used the funds for personal gain. We will not hesitate to take action against directors who have abused Covid-19 financial support like this.”

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    • 25 October 2022 09:33 AM

    Will the loans be paid back from his personal assets as he obviously used them to self profit? Money should be reclaimed and personal assets sold if he comitted fraud against the british taxpayer!


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