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|30 April 2019||Guildford Magistrates' Court||Each of the victims engaged the services of a builder who took vast sums of money from them and did not complete the work. The money paid to the builder included the cost of the skips. Some of the skips were delivered and collected without issue however when the builder did not complete the work at the consumers' homes it would appear the builders also failed to deal with and pay for the removal of any skips at the homes of the consumer. Guilty pleas had previously been entered by the builder in his individual capacity and in his capacity as director of the company. Contrary to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.||Fined £346 on each of the 5 counts totalling £1,730 and ordered to pay the full prosecution costs of £4,328. The company received a fine of £4,886 on each of the 5 counts totalling £24,330 and was ordered to pay the victims surcharge of £170.|
|3 April 2019||Guildford Magistrates' Court||A trader entered not guilty pleas in relation to illicit tobacco found on the shop premises during a visit with a tobacco detection dog. Contrary to the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.||Fined £300 for Count 1 and no separate penalty for Counts 2 and 3. Contribution to costs of the prosecution of £1,500. Collection order made for payment within 14 days and a deprivation order of the cigarettes was granted.|
|11 February 2019||Guildford Magistrates' Court||A trader entered guilty pleas in relation to concealing illicit tobacco, contrary to the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2018.||Fined £100 in relation to all three of the individual charges and the victims' surcharge of £30. The company was fined £500 in relation to all three charges and the victims' surcharge of £50. Full prosecution costs of £1,480 were awarded and a deprivation order was granted allowing Trading Standards to destroy the cigarettes and prevent them from returning to the market.|
|9 January 2019||Aylesbury Crown Court||A guilty plea was entered to the three counts of fraud contrary to the Fraud Act 2006. This was in relation to three victims who all had roofing work carried out on their respective properties which was believed to be unnecessary and overpriced. All three consumers suffered financial loss.||The Judge sentenced the defendant to 13 months imprisonment and disqualified him from driving for 9 months because his vehicle was used to drive one of the victims to withdraw money from their bank. This was increased by 6 months to reflect the time that the defendant will spend in custody.|
|9 January 2019||Guildford Crown Court||A trader cold called an elderly couple and offered to repair a section of guttering which was agreed. The trader then proceeded to identify other work which he claimed needed doing. The trader was sentenced having previously entered guilty pleas to three charges contrary to the Fraud Act 2006, the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and Health and Safety legislation.||The Judge sentenced the defendant to 15 months immediate custody for fraud, 8 months custody to run concurrently for Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and 15 months immediate custody to run consecutively for Working at Height Regulations making a total of 30 months imprisonment.|
|17 December 2018||Guildford Crown Court||A guilty plea was entered to the charge of using a forged building regulations certificate for work that home owners needed to be carried out contrary to the Counterfeiting and Forgery Act 1981.||The Judge fined the defendant £2,000, awarded full prosecution costs of £2,810 and imposed the mandatory victims' surcharge of £170 making a total cost of £4,350 to be paid within 28 days or a 45 day custodial sentence in default.|