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JURY DECIDES HOMES ASSURED FOUNDER IS GUILTY OF DECEPTION

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The founder of Homes Assured was found guilty on two charges of deception by a jury at Southwark crown court on Fri...
The founder of Homes Assured was found guilty on two charges of deception by a jury at Southwark crown court on Friday, reports the Financial Times (p1 August 28).

Anthony Dobson, founder and former board director of the company which was established to help council house tenants buy their homes under the government's right-to-buy legislation, was found guilty on two charges of procuring execution of a security by deception.

Keith Woodward, another board member, was found guilty of one charge of furnishing false information.

The jury was due to continue its deliberations on Saturday on joint charges of fraudulent trading against Mr Dobson, Mr Woodward and Michael Robinson, the company's former managing director.

The charges arose out of the company's collapse four years ago with debts of £10.7m. The Crown has called more than 100 witnesses in its case against the three directors since the case began, the FT reports.
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