Ex-director quizzed in Unwins probe

21 July, 2008

A former Unwins director has been formally interviewed by administrators investigating alleged wrongdoing in the weeks before the collapse of the off-licence chain in 2006, according to The Telegraph newspaper.

KPMG obtained a court order forcing the director – who hasn’t been named – to answer questions relating to the alleged transfer of Unwins taking to Devereux Montague, the private equity firm that bought Unwins nine months before it went under.

A court order was obtained by administrator KPMG forcing the ex-director to attend an interview.

According to the paper, KPMG is also considering legal action against Devereux Montague director Philip Cook, the head of DM who has always strenuously denied any wrongdoing,

Unwins went bust with debts of more than £30 million, with HM Revenue & Customs, Diageo and InBev among its major creditors.




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