Date of Birth: 16 / 3 / 1976

Date Order Starts: 15 / 12 / 2022

Disqualification Length: 7 Years 0 Month(s)

CRO Number: 08932937

Last Known Address: Garden House, Lower Road, , , COVENTRY, CV7 9LD

Conduct: Darren Baker (“Mr Baker”) caused The Leanne Baker Trust (“the Charity”) to apply for a Bounce Back Loan (BBL) totalling £50,000 which was in breach of BBL terms, by using overstated turnover figures in the BBL application. From the loan proceeds received, Mr Baker used £39,556 for his own personal benefit, and which was not for the economic benefit of the Charity in that: On 15 October 2020 the Charity obtained a BBL of £45,000. On 04 March 2021 the Charity obtained a further top-up loan from the BBL of £5,000. A business could apply for a loan of between £2,000 and £50,000 subject to a maximum of up to 25% of turnover in calendar year 2019. The BBL application shows that Mr Baker stated that the charity’s turnover for the calendar year 2019 was £200,000. Year-end accounts for the Charity show that turnover until 31 March 2019 totalled £359 and to the year end 31 March 2020 totalled £25,670. There were no day-to-day overheads for the Charity and all expenses were derived from fundraising events and charitable activities/costs. Between 06 November 2020 and 14 December 2020 Mr Baker paid £26,682 towards personal legal fees. Between 19 October 2020 and 16 April 2021 Mr Baker utilised funds totalling £13,874 which were not for the economic benefit of the charity. The Charity ceased trading on 06 September 2021 and entered into liquidation on 21 September 2021 with no assets and liabilities of £50,000 which is owed in respect of the BBL. 

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