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Date Court Offence Result
7 July 2017Aylesbury Crown CourtTwo defendants appeared at court in relation to over-inflated prices for roofing work that was either unrequired or finished to a poor standard. Both defendants pleaded guilty to 2 offences.Sentenced to 9 months immediate custody on each count concurrently
26 June 2017Guildford Magistrates CourtA trader appeared in court to answer three charges in relation to the supply of unsafe items all of which were intended to be used by infants under three. The trader ran an internet retail business selling items which included wooden teether clips, wooden rattles and amber bracelets.The trader entered guilty pleas to all three charges. Fined £150 for the two offences under the Toys (Safety) Regulations and £200 for the offence under the General Products Safety Regulations. Ordered to pay £600 towards the prosecution costs and the victim surcharge of £30.
23 June 2017Guildford Crown CourtA double glazing firm was convicted of quoting conflicting prices to make discounts look better and falsely claiming offers were time limited to persuade customers to make snap decisions.Fined £8,000 for each of the 10 offences making a total of £80,000. The court also made an order to pay £250,000 towards the prosecution costs and £120 towards the mandatory victims surcharge.

9 June 2017

Aylesbury Crown CourtA director of three businesses appeared at court and was charged with three counts for fraudulent trading contrary to the Companies Act 2006. The director was involved with preparing marketing material and conducting roofing works relating to eight 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.

18 October 2016

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23 October 2017

Guildford Crown CourtFour roofers appeared at court for a five week trial to answer nine 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.

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