“Malicious” scammers lodged a fake notice with Companies House saying Olympics contractor John Reddington had been placed into administration.
The culprits managed to access the Companies House website, where businesses are obliged to file company details, and record the fake notice, saying that administrators had been appointed.
J Reddington – which was listed third in the CNInsight100 top 10 concrete contractors and whose core business is groundwork and concrete frame construction – wanted to ensure the message gets out to customers, suppliers and the rest of the industry, that it is still very much business as usual.
The firm, also known as JRL, which is based in Hertfordshire and is involved in a range of major projects across London and the home counties including Imperial Wharf in Fulham, Marsh Wall in London and the Olympics Athletes Village, launched legal action today to find the culprit or culprits behind the “wholly fraudulent and malicious attack against them”.
The incident has been reported to police.
In a statement given exclusively to Construction News, the company said accountants PwC were also drawn into the attack, with the fraudulent papers naming them as administrators.
Warning that “all possible steps will be taken to identify and prosecute the culprits”, a Reddington spokesman described the attack as amateurish and malicious with the intention to cause damage.
“This will be dealt with by the full weight of the law,” he said.
“We have taken legal advice and other steps are under way to ensure that all the appropriate authorities are aware of this conduct.
“This is a robust and very successful enterprise and the allegations have no merit or basis whatsoever.
“Every remedy available to the group will be pursued vigorously once those behind this incident had been identified.”
A spokesman for PwC confirmed that the accountancy firm had written to J Reddington to confirm they were not acting as an administrator.
A spokesman for Companies House said: “We accept all documents in good faith. We will have to investigate.”
Reddington was founded in 1996 by John Reddington and had an annual turnover of £106m last year. Reddington featured at number 99 in this year’s cninsight 100.
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