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3 July 2019Guildford Crown CourtThe defendant appeared at court to face four charges of money laundering, The offences relate to a Surrey resident who was the victim of an alleged fraud by persons unknown. The victim was persuaded to agree to gardening and building work at his home. He was initially asked to pay £12,000 for the work that was carried out and was told to make it payable to the defendant's bank account. The cheques were paid in and around a week later the money was withdrawn. Soon afterwards the victim was asked to pay a further £20,000 and was again instructed to make it payable to the defendant's bank account. Contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.The Judge explained that the persons unknown remain unidentified but the defendant was identified because the cheques were paid into her bank accounts. He imposed a term of 12 weeks imprisonment reduced to 10 weeks to reflect guilty plea suspended for 12 months. The sentence was imposed for all four counts but are to run concurrently.
22 May 2019Guildford Crown CourtA guilty plea was entered to the charge of participating in a fraudulent business of miss-selling insulation to home owners throughout the south of England. Contrary to Companies Act 2006 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.Sentenced to three years immediate custody half of which will be served on licence.
17 May 2019 Kingston Crown CourtA Mercedes vehicle was purchased at auction and subsequently the mileage was clocked to a lower figure and advertised for sale at an inflated price to reflect the lower mileage in order to make a financial gain. One defendant was found guilty by a jury and was sentenced to four months custody suspended for 12 months. The other defendant was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and this will run concurrently with the four years he received for similar counts that were admitted to in Kingston Crown Court.
13 May 2019Guildford Magistrates' CourtA trader entered a guilty plea in relation to illicit tobacco sales. Trading standards together with Surrey police found a total number of 81 illicit tobacco pouches on the premises. Contrary to Trade Marks Act, Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations.Fined a total of £3,066 and a collection order was made for this amount to be paid to the court within 28 days. Full prosecution costs of £1,780 awarded and a forfeiture and deprivation order was made
30 April 2019Guildford Magistrates' CourtEach 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 five 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 five counts totalling £24,330 and was ordered to pay the victims surcharge of £170.
26 April 2019Isleworth Crown Court Fraud against an elderly Surrey resident over a four month period. In total the victim paid around £55,000 for work to her home that was neither required or requested. Contrary to Fraud Act 2006 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.Sentenced to two years imprisonment
3 April 2019Guildford Magistrates' CourtA 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 and contribution to prosecution costs of £1,500. Collection order made for payment within 14 days and a deprivation order of the cigarettes was granted.