‘High-life’ businessman jailed for fraud
Published at 11:15, Thursday, 17 October 2013
A FORMER Holmrook businessman who once attempted a takeover bid for Whitehaven Rugby League Club has been jailed for a near-£200,000 fraud that helped him “live the high life”.
Anthony Ansell, 59, denied 34 charges of fraud at Carlisle Crown Court but was found guilty of 15 of them after a trial.
Ansell, who had two previous convictions for similar offences in the 1980s, pleaded guilty to two offences of money laundering committed in Bristol. He was jailed on Monday for a total of three years and banned from being a company director for five years.
Ansell wrote cheques he was not entitled to sign between June 2008 and November 2010 after two business associates took him on as the £50,000-a-year site manager and accountant at Holmrook’s Greengarth Business Park. The court heard that Ansell, now living in Cheshire, had no written contract but “lived the high life” thanks to the perks of his job. He lived in a big house, kept horses and drove convertible cars including a Porsche 911 and a BMW Z3, and regularly hosted lavish parties.
He was caught in the spring of 2011 after his business associates discovered he had forged their signatures on a cheque made out to a stockbroker.
Mark Heywood QC, defending, said that although Ansell had “a long history of acting as a company secretary or director”, his job at the business park was of less importance even though he “had very wide discretion in the running of the company”.
He said Ansell, formerly of Cockermouth, had lost the large house he hoped would provide him with an income in his old age and he had no prospect of any other pension.
He said he now had “virtually no assets”.
“His behaviour really has come home to bite him,” he said.
The judge, Recorder Roderick Carus QC, told him that what he did amounted to a gross breach of the trust that the company directors – who had once been his friends – had placed in him. “The package you enjoyed at the business park was a generous one by any standards, but it was not sufficient for you and it could not sustain the affluent lifestyle you chose for yourself.
“When you fairly soon found out that £50,000 a year was not enough, you began to take more.”
Andrew Ford, prosecuting, said there were no plans to make Ansell repay any money through the Proceeds of Crime Act, though he reserved the right to do so if he ever came into any money in the future.
Ansell was previously a board member of Whitehaven Rugby League Club. He stepped down from the club in 2005 after he failed in a takeover bid.
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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