Feeds

Missing assets prompt probe into Granville accounts

Time/Tiny administrators said to be seeking £8m

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Administrators are trying to work out what happened to as much as £8m worth of assets at the Granville Technology Group, the company behind the Time and Tiny computer brands that went into administration in late July this year.

In a letter to creditors, Grant Thornton says the investigation is centring on the brothers behind the firm, Tahir Mohsan and Tariq Mohammed, the transfer of assets to offshore companies, and missing hardware stock.

Apparently, Burnley-based Granville transferred around £3.3m worth of stock to a France-based start up. The shares were put in an "offshore vehicle" The Sunday Times reports, totally unconnected with the parent company.

The Sunday Times, which has seen a copy of the letter to the creditors, reports that in addition to the transferred assets, around £4m worth of PCs and other stock is missing. Grant Thornton told us that it could not confirm this number.

"We have no records of the shop stock, so any number here is going to be a shot in the dark," a spokesman said.

Administrators have also been unable to recover minutes from board meetings, and say management accounts have not been prepared for more than 12 months.

The newspaper also reports that Grant Thornton is considering legal action against the directors of the firm.

Granville Technology collapsed at the end of July this year, with the loss of 1,500 jobs. The company was initially thought to owe around £30m, but it later emerged that the debts were closer to £70m.

One of the company's main secured creditors, HSBC, has been informed that it is unlikely to see any of the approximately £20m that it is owed.

At the time of the company's collapse, Granville said it was owed in the region of £11.2m. Grant Thornton now says this is probably overstated. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'
Twenty-nine years later, post-Pepsi exec has flat-forehead moment
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.