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BHS CHIEF IN APPEAL FIGHT; FINANCE.

Byline: Edited by GRAHAM HISCOTT

The former owner of BHS was yesterday accused of launching a "cynical attempt to rewrite history" as he tried to overturn a conviction relating to the firm's pension funds.

The Pensions Regulator, which stepped in after BHS collapsed in 2016, requested vital documents from Dominic Chappell.

When he failed to comply he was charged with three counts of neglecting or refusing to provide documents, without a reasonable excuse, contrary to the Pensions Act 2004. He was found guilty after a trial in January and fined.

Yesterday Chappell went to court to clear his name as he launched an appeal against the conviction.

Opening the case at Hove crown court, Alex Stein, for the regulator, said: "This is nothing but a cynical history."

He accused Chappell ofintroduce "irrelevant and erroneous" material to try and "muddy the waters".

Chappell, 51, bought BHS from billionaire Sir Philip Green for PS1 in March 2015.

The hearing continues.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2018
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