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Dominic Chappell loses BHS appeal with “entirely unbelievable” evidence

Dominic Chappell has lost his appeal against his conviction and sentence for failing to hand over information to The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

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The Pensions Regulator: "This case should stand as a further warning to others"
The Pensions Regulator: "This case should stand as a further warning to others"

In January this year, the former director and majority shareholder of the company that bought BHS for £1 was convicted of three offences of neglecting or refusing to provide information and documents without a reasonable excuse. He was sentenced to pay a £50,000 fine, £37,000 in costs and a £170 victim surcharge.

 

Chappell appealed his conviction and sentence, asking for the case to be reheard in the Crown Court.

 

On Friday (September 21), he lost his appeal at Hove Crown Court after Judge Christine Henson QC said Chappell’s evidence was “entirely unbelievable”. The case was adjourned for sentencing on a date to be fixed.

 

Judge Henson said: “We have concluded that the majority of answers given by the appellant were not credible. He had not provided any reliable evidence to support any of the reasons he says provide him with a reasonable excuse.”

 

Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, said: “We are pleased that the court has confirmed that Dominic Chappell was wrong when he failed to provide us with information we required as part of our BHS investigation.

 

“Three different judges have now criticised his behaviour and he is left with a criminal conviction.

 

“This case should stand as a further warning to others that if we require information from them and they fail or refuse to provide it, they should expect to be prosecuted and convicted.”

 

TPR’s separate anti-avoidance action against Chappell in respect of the BHS pension schemes is continuing.

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