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Director forged signature to open bank account,

Am I obliged to report this

1 director forged signature of another director on bank documents to open an account. Am I required to report this. 

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16th Feb 2019 20:41

I assume you are registered as an agent with HMRC?

Does the second director know that his signature was forged?

Are you a member of any accounting professional body? Ethics, compliance, money laundering ... does this ring any bell?

Even if you are not a member of a professional body you should at least be registered with HMRC for anti-money laundering supervision.

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to Issabayev
16th Feb 2019 21:06

Yes, yes and yes.

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16th Feb 2019 20:47

The statutory offence of forgery (in England & Wales) is
"A person is guilty of forgery if he makes a false instrument, with the intention that he or another shall use it to induce somebody to accept it as genuine, and by reason of so accepting it to do or not to do some act to his own or any other person’s prejudice".
The final phrase is important. Was this done in order to disadvantage someone? Or was it perhaps done simply to save some inconvenience? Would the other director have been happy to sign the document if he had been asked to do so?
If there has been no offence committed then I would not think there is anything to report to anyone (except the client company & its directors).
David

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to davidwinch
16th Feb 2019 20:57

Thank you David, yes this was for convenience as one director was not available to sign the bank mandate and all other directors have been made aware.

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to Westbookkeeping
16th Feb 2019 21:18

Then there is nothing further to be done, IMHO.
David

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to davidwinch
17th Feb 2019 01:22

Thank you David

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