Hey, wait, what’s this? A story from the Telegraph from May, brought to my attention by a little bird, about Tim (or Timothy) Carron-Brown (or perhaps Tim Carron Brown; hyphen may be optional). (If you can’t think why I’m on about him, read the background.)
Timothy Carron Brown, the company director behind the collapsed television production house Iostar and the £43m dotcom disaster Efdex, is due to go on trial for cheating the public revenue and forgery.
The prosecution is being brought by HM Revenue and Customs, and involves four companies of which Carron Brown has been a director, including Omedian, Anstruther Management, Company TV and Second Sight.
Carron Brown was amongst those blamed for the failure of Iostar, the television company which channel Five’s newly appointed chairman and chief executive Dawn Airey briefly joined as chief executive last year.
He has now been charged with 13 offences, including two counts of cheating the public revenue, four counts of being knowingly a party to the carrying on of a business for a fraudulent purpose, six counts of forgery and one count of using a forged instrument.
Carron Brown has not yet been asked to enter a plea, but when contacted by this newspaper he denied the charges. The case has been sent to Bournemouth Crown Court for a hearing on May 28.
Three of the companies involved in the case are either dissolved, in liquidation, or in the process of being struck off the Companies House register.
Called by the paper, Carron Brown denied the charges. But what happened when it came to court? I can’t find anything pinned around Bournemouth (apart from someone with the same surname called Laura who seems to be a hypnotherapist. Any relation, Laura?
And just a little more Carron Brownness: this intriguing article from Marketing Week in 2007, which is unsigned, begins:
From what I can recall of Carron Brown, who was about 24 at the time, he was a preternaturally gifted salesman with the gravitas of someone twice his age. Now that he has reached twice that age, he has been exposed as a bit of a fraud (in the eyes of those who have participated in his financial schemes at least). I hasten to add, because M’Learned Friend is tapping me insistently on the shoulder, that when I say ‘fraud’ I mean – of course – not all he was cracked up to be rather than a criminal fraudster. I have no reason to believe that, in acting unwittingly as the financial author of a series of entrepreneurial disasters, he has actually done anything fraudulent. Simply created a lot of misery.
Yes, I’ll say that as well – I’ve got no evidence he’s a fraud. He simply seems to have repeatedly been involved in companies that didn’t manage to come close to achieving what was promised of them.
Further: he has a LinkedIn profile (giving his location as Dorchester), although he doesn’t seem to have updated his website with any news – we’d have expected something triumphant about seeing off the Inland Revenue by now, wouldn’t we?
Then again, his LinkedIn profile describes him as “not currently open to receiving Introductions or InMail™.” Awww. And I can’t find any web trace of Omedian. Anyone doing better on this one?
And also, what’s happening to Dawn Airey’s lawsuit which I thought she might be taking up?
Update 3 November: Tim Carron Brown – or someone who claimed the name – called me this morning and said there were “errors” in the original story in The Independent in 2000. He seemed to find search engines’ indexing powers not to his liking. He said he would send an email.
I gave my email address. I await developments.