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Dominic Chappell to be prosecuted over BHS collapse

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BBC 22/8/17

'The Pensions Regulator is to prosecute Dominic Chappell, the former boss of retail chain BHS.

He is charged with failing to provide information and documents the regulator requested during its investigation into the sale of BHS.

Chappell's Retail Acquisitions (RAL) bought BHS for just £1 in 2015 from billionaire retailer Sir Philip Green.

The collapse of BHS led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and a pension deficit of £571m.

RAL was put into liquidation earlier this year.

Mr Chappell has been summonsed to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 20 September to face three charges of neglecting or refusing to provide information and documents, without a reasonable excuse.

Warning notices were sent out to Sir Philip and Mr Chappell in November last year, setting out the arguments and evidence as to why the regulator believed they should support the BHS pension schemes.

In February, Sir Philip Green agreed in a settlement with the Pensions Regulator to hand over £363m in cash to the BHS pension scheme.

The investigation into Dominic Chappell is continuing.

'Fair trial'

Frank Field, who chairs the Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee, said: "If the Pensions Regulator is frightened of landing the whale, I suppose going after the sprat is the next best thing.

"Why was Sir Philip Green allowed to get away with an inadequate settlement, in which pensions have been cut, yet Dominic Chappell is going to be sued?

"I'll be consulting the House of Commons' lawyers on when I can begin to unlock that puzzle, so that Mr Chappell has a fair trial."

Meanwhile, the Insolvency Service, the government department that investigates bankrupt companies, is also investigating Mr Chappell. It has the power to ban anyone from being a company director in the UK.

In a statement, it said: "The Insovency Service is aware of the Pension Regulator's action against Mr Chappell. Our investigation into BHS is ongoing and we will continue to work closely with other interested regulators."'

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BBC 22/8/17

'The Pensions Regulator is to prosecute Dominic Chappell, the former boss of retail chain BHS.

He is charged with failing to provide information and documents the regulator requested during its investigation into the sale of BHS.

Chappell's Retail Acquisitions (RAL) bought BHS for just £1 in 2015 from billionaire retailer Sir Philip Green.

The collapse of BHS led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and a pension deficit of £571m.

RAL was put into liquidation earlier this year.

Mr Chappell has been summonsed to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 20 September to face three charges of neglecting or refusing to provide information and documents, without a reasonable excuse.

Warning notices were sent out to Sir Philip and Mr Chappell in November last year, setting out the arguments and evidence as to why the regulator believed they should support the BHS pension schemes.

In February, Sir Philip Green agreed in a settlement with the Pensions Regulator to hand over £363m in cash to the BHS pension scheme.

The investigation into Dominic Chappell is continuing.

'Fair trial'

Frank Field, who chairs the Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee, said: "If the Pensions Regulator is frightened of landing the whale, I suppose going after the sprat is the next best thing.

"Why was Sir Philip Green allowed to get away with an inadequate settlement, in which pensions have been cut, yet Dominic Chappell is going to be sued?

"I'll be consulting the House of Commons' lawyers on when I can begin to unlock that puzzle, so that Mr Chappell has a fair trial."

Meanwhile, the Insolvency Service, the government department that investigates bankrupt companies, is also investigating Mr Chappell. It has the power to ban anyone from being a company director in the UK.

In a statement, it said: "The Insovency Service is aware of the Pension Regulator's action against Mr Chappell. Our investigation into BHS is ongoing and we will continue to work closely with other interested regulators."'

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