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Printer left with £95,181 of unpaid invoices

A printing company in the Ukraine has fallen victim to the print farmer Neill Malcolm Stuart John under his guise of Litho Printing Limited, a trading name of High Quality Books Ltd.

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Stuck in the Ukraine: one of the print jobs not paid for that languish in warehouse

Sheona Ltd trading as Brand Printing in the east European nation together with a logistics firm in Denmark who shipped the print lost around £90,000 in unpaid invoices after initially being paid up front and on time for a number of printing jobs.

When John (who was calling himself Ted) said there was a problem with logistics when the print went through Poland, Sheona agreed to accept more printing work to help John out with the delay with deliveries to his UK customers. Unknown to them, the customers paid him upfront and it was simply a ruse to gain a free credit facility with the Ukrainian outfit.

Alla Darchenko of Sheona says: “As far as we know, the orders were delivered to the clients on September 12th, 2018. According to Ted all clients were happy with the quality (as we asked him about this to make sure that everything goes well) and Ted ensured us that they did the payment and continued to order. After a week, when we still hadn’t any payment we asked Ted for the approval of payment and paused printing all the orders.”

This publication understands that John is operating on the edge of the law by continuing to trade in this manner as his other websites were wound up in the public interest

At that moment, John cut off all communication with the print firm leaving several pallets of printed books and magazines unpaid and sitting in a warehouse in the Ukraine, as the logistics firm also had not been paid.

It is a familiar story to readers of Print Monthly with the only positive news being that some of John’s firms have been wound up by the Official Receiver in October. Unfortunately, as previously reported, John is still trading using a variety of names such as the Hardback Book Printer but using the same website operating from his home in Barry, Wales.

Pictured are some of the jobs left in the Ukraine - if you recognise them contact this publication

This publication understands that John is operating on the edge of the law by continuing to trade in this manner as his other websites were wound up in the public interest. If you have any information about his renewed business operation you should contact the Official Receiver, Public Interest Unit North, PO Box 16663, Birmingham, B2 2JP. Email: piu.north@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk or farouk.vawda@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk.

Have you been ripped off by John? Email your story to harry@linkpublishing.co.uk or call me on Tel: 0117 9805 040 – or follow me on Twitter and join in the debate.

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