Stevenage-based Protek (UK), which traded as Pro Technology, ceased trading on March 4. But Hash Modi, manager of the firm started another company trading as Stevenage Computers the following Monday.
Louise Aughton, a Hertfordshire trading standards officer, said: 'The department had received 20 complaints over the past year. Some of them came from customers and some from other trading standards bodies.' She said that the complaints varied in nature. 'Some were about non-delivery of computers while others were about poor quality.' She said there were also complaints about screen sizes in advertisements which Herts Trading Standards was unable to deal with.
'Last week we were told it was winding up,' she said. Directors of the firm were Ann Myers, the MD, and Hitesh Modi.
A week earlier, Microsoft issued a writ against Protek after the company refused to comply with cease and desist letters.
Mark Roberts, Microsoft UK software theft programme manager, said: 'They closed down Protek and started up as Stevenage Computers the following Monday.' Microsoft issued the writ against the company because Protek had admitted 839 cases of illicitly copying software.
But Roberts said Microsoft has not yet finished with the directors of the company. 'We're pursuing them individually,' he said. 'Protek has gone into liquidation with a number of CCJs and debts against it.' Last Friday the phone number of Stevenage Computers rang without being answered.
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