Suspended jail sentence for rogue roofers

Kevin James Musson, 64, and his son Ryan Kevin Musson, 39, both from Cumbria, worked as roofers for Cumbria Roofing North West Ltd.

The company was incorporated in June 2009, but went into voluntary liquidation as a creditor eight years later, in May 2017. This led to an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

The investigation found that while Ryan Musson and other family members were officially listed as the company’s president and secretaries, Kevin Musson was actually in charge of the company.

However, in October 2010, Kevin Musson was banned as a director for ten years after being caught illegally running another company, Cumbria Roofing BM Ltd, while in bankruptcy. When this business closed, it owed creditors nearly £ 150,000.

Inquiries also revealed that between July 2016 and March 2017, father and son had taken £ 181,000 from a client to renovate their home in Keswick.

However, at the end of the job, Kevin and Ryan Musson left the client a habitable property. Father and son also made the customer pay the money to another company, Cumbria Roofing Ltd, because Cumbria Roofing North West Ltd was being sued for outstanding tax liabilities.

After liquidation, Kevin Musson (the father) also transferred an amount of £ 9,450 and £ 28,583 from company accounts to himself.

Another customer paid nearly £ 10,000 to Cumbria Roofing North West Ltd for a new roof on its Garside site. However, Kevin Musson provided his own personal bank account information to the client and when the client complained about the quality of the work, Kevin Musson did not return to the job and left the victim without a roof.

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Kevin Musson pleaded guilty to acting in violation of his disqualification, and twice fraudulently disposing of company property when he transferred cash.

Ryan Musson pleaded guilty to aiding and encouraging Kevin Musson in acting in violation of his disqualification and filing for the voluntary disqualification of a company that had acted in the past three months.

The roofers appeared at Carlisle Crown Court before HHJ Medland QC on April 20, where they received suspended sentences.

Kevin Musson was sentenced to 18 months in prison with a two-year suspension. He was commissioned to do 150 hours of community service and disqualified as a director of a company for 10 years.

Ryan Musson was sentenced to 12 months in prison with a two-year reprieve. He was also ordered to do 150 hours of community service and was disqualified as a company director for four years.

Julie Barnes, Superintendent at the Insolvency Service, said: “Kevin Musson took thousands of pounds from his victims to perform work in good faith, but instead gave them habitable properties. All the while, Ryan was complicit in helping his father illegally drive the roofing company that blatantly violated Kevin’s ten-year ban.

“Father and son were totally negligent and refused to participate in our investigation. The seriousness of their violations is reflected in the court’s rulings and this should serve as a stark warning to other directors. “

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