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ACCA bans student over impersonation

Disciplinary committee takes tough line over bogus qualification claim and cheating. Chris Quick reports

ACCA has expelled one of its students for masquerading as a full member of the association.

Malcolm James Hodges of Sittingbourne in Kent was removed from ACCA’s student register and banned for ten years. He was also ordered to pay costs of #387.

Other disciplinary moves announced by ACCA this week included a decision to impose a more lenient penalty on another student, guilty of cheating in an exam.

Overturning an earlier decision removing Jonathan Paul Coleridge of Gloucester from the student register, an appeal committee said he could sit paper 11 of the ACCA exams, but not until at least 31 July 2002. The committee also severely reprimanded Coleridge and fined him #400.

Two full ACCA members have also been excluded from membership. Stephen Arthur Richmond, of Preston, was found to have failed to deal adequately with clients’ affairs, and to respond to ACCA enquiries. Wilfred Lynn Wyatt, of Rotherham, was found guilty of 25 offences, all of which he admitted. These related to work performed while he was a director of Dukeries Business Services.

ACCA’s appeal committee also upheld the expulsion of Ignatius James Forde of Carlow, Eire, for offences including paying client funds into his own firm’s account. He also created and used a letterhead purporting to come from an investment bank without its consent.

Other ACCA members disciplined included Edward Somwaru of Middlesex, Geoffrey Thomas Stent of Kent, Werner Brooke Sanderson of Buxton, Donald Murdo M Orr of Ayrshire and the firm Alan White & Co, formerly of Worthing.

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