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Date Court Offence Result
Sentenced on 9 June 2017Aylesbury Crown CourtA director of 3 businesses appeared at court and was charged with 3 counts for fraudulent trading contrary to the Companies Act 2006. The director was involved with preparing marketing material and conducting roofing works relating to 8 victims where, in all cases, grossly over-inflated prices had been quoted.

Sentenced to 27 months immediate custodial sentence (9 months for each offence to be served consecutively)

10 years disqualification from being a director

£10,000 compensation to be split between the victims

Sentenced on 18 October 2016

Confiscation proceedings will be heard on 30 June 2017 and 28 July 2017

Guildford Crown CourtFour roofers appeared at court for a five week trial to answer 9 charges under the Fraud Act 2006 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in relation to participating in a fraudulent roofing business in Surrey and Hertfordshire.  This work involved roofing work, block paving, gardening, kitchen and bathroom fitting and plastering.  Victims of the fraud were mainly elderly and vulnerable.

1. Convicted of 4 years imprisonment half to be served in custody and half on licence.

2. Sentenced to 21 months imprisonment half to be served in prison and half on licence.

3. Sentenced to 8 months imprisonment suspended for 2 years, 180 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months and a curfew between 9pm and 5am for the next 3 months to be electronically monitored.

4. Cleared of participating in a fraudulent business.

Sentenced on 11 October 2016

Confiscation proceedings were heard on 16 February 2017

Guildford Crown CourtOver a period of two years a trader repeatedly carried out property and gardening work for a vulnerable lady. Although some of the work was requested much of it was not and the majority of the work was of a very substandard quality.The defendant changed his plea to guilty for a charge of aggressive commercial practice under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. The defendant also agreed to pay £10,000 in compensation to the victim. The trader was sentenced by the Judge to two years imprisonment suspended for 24 months with a 12 month supervision requirement. A confiscation order for £2613.42 was made. The defendant was found to have benefitted from the crime to the sum of £10,197.81. The confiscation order will all be paid in compensation to the victim. The defendant has three months to pay the order or faces a default sentence of two months imprisonment.

Sentenced on  9 September 2016

Confiscation  proceedings were heard on 10 February 2017

Guildford Crown CourtThis case concerned a trader offering gardening and driveway work involving a victim in Surrey and a victim in Kent. Evidence from an expert surveyor has confirmed that the work conducted was not of a reasonable standard and the trader grossly over charged for work and materials.Pleaded guilty to two counts of money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, one concerning the money from the Surrey victim totalling £70,000 and one from the Kent victim of £39,850. Sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for each offence suspended for two years. Also sentenced to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work and will be the subject of a curfew for three months between the hours of 9pm and 6am which will be enforced by the wearing of an electronic tag. A confiscation order of £15,000 was made. The defendant was found to have benefitted from the crime to the sum of £112,022.95. The confiscation order will all be paid in compensation to the victims. The defendant has three months to pay the order or faces a default sentence of nine months imprisonment.

8 July 2016

Confiscation  proceedings were heard on 17 February 2017

Aylesbury Crown CourtA roofer was found guilty of 17 counts of money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. In 2014 an elderly couple from Amersham were the victims of a fraud relating to roofing works.Sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment on each count to run concurrently. A confiscation order for £241,226.41 was made following the conviction.  The defendant was found to have benefitted from the crime to the sum of £439,395.  The court agreed that the confiscation order will all be paid as compensation to the victims who lost £900,000 in the original frauds. The defendant has three months to pay the order or faces a default sentence of two months imprisonment.

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