Charles Forsyth, ex-boss of failed PC builder Personal Computer Science (and of some nearly 20 other defunct companies). has admitted fraud and was jailed last week for three years. The Serious Fraud Office's website contains a comprehensive statement here.
The Personal Computer Association's Keith Warburton writes: Charles Forsyth is a brilliant marketer and it's sad that his abilities were so misdirected; people who know him believe that such "misdirection" has been a serial issue through many of his companies.
He has now been brought to justice, but we know of at least one witness who will be disappointed that they didn't have the opportunity of facing him in the dock, such was the strength of feeling that his activities have engendered.
A common view of Forsyth is that he genuinely believed himself to be an honest man ... it was others (employees, customers, suppliers) who were wrong, or incompetent, and he didn't allow falling margins to inhibit his enjoyment of the high life.
I sincerely hope that in the several years that he was on the run and in custody and in his time to come in jail, that Charles Forsyth will be able to properly understand and accept that just as he can rightly claim to be the key figure behind some outstandingly successful business, so also was he the one and only author of their downfall.
Over several years the PCA has highlighted Charles Forsyth's destructive progress through this industry, making sure that it was able to be a point of reference in the all too short commercial memory of the industry. It would be good if we can now draw a line through the negative elements of his career. ®
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