A Manchester publisher has been jailed for 13 months for running companies while being banned from holding directorships.

Wesley Gregory was barred from being a director for eight years in 2008 because of his role in a bogus charity publishing business which collapsed with debts of nearly £300,000. 

He admitted four counts of acting as a director while disqualified at Manchester Crown Court and received 13 months for each count, with the sentences running concurrently.

Gregory was originally disqualified for his role as a director at Global Media Productions which was wound up by the Government in 2006.

It took money to produce safety booklets, saying proceeds would be donated to a children’s charity, but nothing was donated or made. The company generated sales of £190,000 but went into liquidation with debts of £284,313.

Deputy chief investigation officer for the Department for Business, Mike Williams, said: “Disqualifying people from acting as company directors is an important element in our role of public protection in business activity. In this case Gregory went to great lengths to disguise he was acting as a director when he was already disqualified and showed a total disregard for the law.”