First compensation order secured in court to repay taxpayer-backed Bounce Back Loan fraudulently secured during the pandemic
Marian Ghimpu, 58, from Croydon, has been disqualified as a director for 13 years, and ordered to repay over £50,000 to the public purse.
The compensation order, the first secured by the Insolvency Service in court, is the result of abuse of the Bounce Back Loan scheme by Ghimpu during the pandemic.
In October 2020, he took out the maximum £50,000 available despite his company only being eligible for a loan of £2,000, the minimum amount available.
The bank accounts for his company, Deea Construct Ltd, showed no activity for a year up to the point when he claimed the loan, and only a handful of small transactions totalling just over £4,000 from a construction firm in the summer of 2019. However, he told his bank his company’s turnover was £200,000.
After receiving the £50,000 loan into the company account, Ghimpu transferred over £40,000 to himself and took the rest out in cash withdrawals.
In April 2021, he put the company into liquidation which triggered an Insolvency Service investigation.
As efforts to recoup the loan money by the liquidator were not successful, the Insolvency Service sought a compensation order against Ghimpu in court.
On 25 July 2023, Chief ICC Judge Briggs at High Court of Justice, Rolls Building imposed a compensation order of £52,163. Ghimpu was given 5 weeks to pay this, to ensure the taxpayer has not lost out.
Nina Cassar, Deputy Head of Investigations at the Insolvency Service, said:
Marian Ghimpu’s actions, providing false information to the bank, allowed Deea Construct Ltd, and himself, to have an unfair advantage over other businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Abuse of taxpayers’ money will not be tolerated and I am delighted we have secured this compensation order. Where there have been similar cases of abuse by company director, we will be seeking further compensation orders and disqualifications.
Marian Ghimpu is of Croydon. His date of birth is October 1965.
Deea Construct Ltd (company reg number 11918138) was incorporated in April 2019.
Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of restrictions.