Criminal Charges against Michael & Doris Stainer revealed.


We can now reveal the full extent of the criminal charges brought against Michael and Doris Stainer (pictured below) as presented in Westminster Magistrates Court on April 6th, and then in Southwark Crown Court on May 4th, courtesy of the Court reporting service.

In a separate hearing before ICC Judge Burton in the High Court on June 28th, in the matter of the Official Receiver’s application for a disqualification order again Mr Stainer, a copy of the charge sheet was also provided in evidence.

According to Lawrence Henderson, counsel for Mr Stainer, the criminal proceedings are based on the same facts as underlie the Official Receiver’s disqualification proceedings, and therefore the latter should be held over until after the criminal trial and ICC Judge Burton agreed with this.

As to the charge sheet, read to the Barrister of the accused by ICC Judge Burton, it was stated that:

“…….the failure [of] the Grand Folkestone Ltd, to submit PAYE NIC returns to HMRC in these proceedings for the years ended 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and following its failure to make any payments to HMRC in respect of employees’ PAYE or NIC in any of the years between April 2009 to the date of the winding up order. The total claim of HMRC in the liquidation of the company runs to approximately £763,000 and the charge sheet refers to the defendant’s alleged intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty the Queen and HMRC that he did cheat Her Majesty the Queen and HMRC of public revenue due as PAYE, income tax and National Insurance contributions by failing to account to HMRC for PAYE, income tax and National Insurance contributions, due under the registered PAYE scheme in the name of the Grand Folkestone Ltd, and further, the third charge is that between 6th of April 2011 and the 5th of April 2015, allegedly dishonestly and intending to make a gain for themselves or others, or to expose others to a risk of loss made representations to employees working at the Grand Folkestone, which they knew were or might be untrue or misleading, namely that PAYE income tax and National Insurance contributions had been paid to HMRC on behalf of those employees through the PAYE scheme.”

This will come as little comfort to the employees, past and present of the Grand, and we understand that some will be pursuing legal action to recover significant amounts of unpaid salary, holiday pay and now redundancy payments as well.

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14 Comments on Criminal Charges against Michael & Doris Stainer revealed.

  1. It is frustrating the amount of time it takes to bring criminals like this to book and the cost to the taxpayer is equally infuriating.

  2. Do you think Mikey’s got one helluva cunning plan up his sleeve?

  3. Former employees may want to check their National Insurance contributions here:

    If there are any gaps in their records (back 7 years I think) they can be filled.

    If you think you have been affected check asap and consider making voluntary contributions.

    • It’s a good idea to check your National Insurance Contributions record because mistakes can occur there.

      But if they worked for Mikey and have P60s, wages slips and maybe a P45 from their time there then making voluntary contributions would be galling because they’d be paying twice and perhaps covering up Mikey’s alleged fraud..

      I’m sure there’s a way Mikey’s ex employees can claim credits if they have supporting evidence of contibutions deducted from their wages.

      • Personally I wouldn’t wait to find out if this is possible – could take years.

        Worth taking a look ASAP to see what is what and determine whether to make voluntary contributions. A complete NIC record is probably more valuable at this stage.

      • Meldrew // June 30, 2021 at 14:01 //

        Another idea that doesn’t inolve paying twice might be for Mikey’s ex employees to make copies of their P60s, wages slips etc., and contact Damian Collins to ask him how they can get credits for Mikey’s non-payment of their deducted NI contributions.

        I’m sure our MP will be only to happy to help sort that out.

  4. doggerbank56 // June 29, 2021 at 15:15 // Reply

    Has he surrendered his passport? I would not want to see him decamping to Germany to join Doris in exile.

  5. I am inclined to agree with most of Meldrew’s points. Also i hear that he is telling disgruntled staff that all their woes are down to residents actions against him. Well, he never accepts that does anything wrong so what a surprise, On a lighter note, I see that the indictment says defrauding Her Majesty, so is it Treason, which still is I believe a capital offense. We can but hope!

  6. “Also i hear that he is telling disgruntled staff that all their woes are down to residents actions against him.”

    Do you mean me? I don’t know any the Grand’s staff or Grand’s residents at all.

    I think you mean that Mikey’s doing that.

  7. Eduardo Furioso // July 1, 2021 at 22:56 // Reply

    And the-now fired staff won’t get redundancy, holiday pay or unpaid wages unless someone spends £1600 to wind up the company employing them. Meanwhile Stainer find money for yet another barrister.

  8. Sorry Meldrew, he is of course MS.

  9. Crown Court Guru // July 2, 2021 at 15:26 // Reply

    Next appearance in Southwark Crown Court for Strainer is October 5th.

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