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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 December 2005, 15:50 GMT
TAG director ordered to pay 400k
Deborah and Mark Langford with President Bill Clinton
Deborah Langford has been ordered to pay nearly 400k
A director of the no-win no-fee compensation firm which sacked workers by text has been ordered to pay 384,005 to its liquidators.

The order was made against Deborah Langford whose husband Mark founded The Accident Group (TAG).

The company collapsed in May 2003 with debts of 100m.

Liquidators Begbies Traynor took action to seize Mrs Langford's personal assets at a High Court hearing in Manchester on Friday.

Joint liquidator Paul Stanley, of Begbies Traynor, made two claims against Mrs Langford who held the position of business development director at The Accident Group.

The tide of justice is turning at last
Alex McFadden, North West TUC,
In the first, the court ordered her to pay 45,000 to cover the costs of pursuing her in England and Spain to answer questions.

A statement from the liquidators said the second claim for 253,220 was ordered against her for taking money or assets improperly and breaching her duty as a director.

The court was told she claimed a salary and expenses in the two years before TAG's failure when she appeared to have done nothing to earn it.

She was also ordered to pay 70,185 interest on the money taken as salary.

The court also said Mrs Langford should pay 16,000 costs.

Sickness claim

It rejected Mrs Langford's claim of being too ill to answer questions after hearing that she frequently travels between her house in Spain and England and was recently seen at a party in Alderley Edge.

Mrs Langford has until 16 December to pay the costs of the first claim and 23 December for the second claim.

Alex McFadden, of the North West TUC Joint Consultative Council said: "The tide of justice is turning at last."

Mr McFadden, who is representing 2,500 workers who lost their jobs, added: "All of the former TAG staff will be a bit happier this Christmas."

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