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DateCourtOffenceResult
11 February 2019Guildford Magistrates' CourtA trader entered guilty pleas in relation to concealing illicit tobacco, contrary to the Tobacco and related Products Regulations 2018 and Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015.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 2019Aylesbury Crown CourtA 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 2019Guildford Crown CourtA 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 2018Guildford Crown CourtA 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.

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