Rogue trader posing as electrician pleads guilty to fraud

Rogue trader posing as electrician pleads guilty to fraud

Rogue trader posing as electrician pleads guilty to fraud

First published in News

A ROGUE trader who falsely claimed he was an approved electrician has been successfully prosecuted for fraud by Borough of Poole trading standards.

Stephen Clark, 51, of Nelson Road, Branksome, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Magistrates Court to three counts under the Fraud Act and two additional charges in relation to consumer protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The offences related to work undertaken by him at three homes, two in Poole and one in Lytchett Matravers between April 2011 and March 2013.

In each case Mr Clark falsely claimed that he was an approved electrician in order to meet building control regulations, the court was told.

His customers then had to get further repairs carried out by approved traders who were able to certify their work, said Borough of Poole.

On two occasions he is said to have issued worthless certificates and failed to provide his customers with the proper paperwork, including a right to cancel.

Andy Shimmen, Poole trading standards officer said: “This is a clear case of a trader willing to exploit the trust of his customers for his own profit.”

He is due to appear for sentencing on August 12.

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1:54pm Tue 15 Jul 14

funkyferret says...

Good to see him "Charged".
No doubt that some "bright spark" will get him off ...
Good to see him "Charged". No doubt that some "bright spark" will get him off ... funkyferret
  • Score: 5

3:23pm Tue 15 Jul 14

legal eagle2 says...

Shocking. He should be sentenced under the current guidelines,
Shocking. He should be sentenced under the current guidelines, legal eagle2
  • Score: 3

5:11pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Nicks3233 says...

Let's hope he gets a long enough sentence to suit the crime. After having known people who were ripped off by this man I can truly say he is nothing but a con artist!!!
Let's hope he gets a long enough sentence to suit the crime. After having known people who were ripped off by this man I can truly say he is nothing but a con artist!!! Nicks3233
  • Score: 3

5:22pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Davepoole2 says...

Having seen this mans electrical work and more just glad there hasn't been any fires or deaths from his dodgy work !!!! (Shocking )it takes so long to sentence !!!!!
Having seen this mans electrical work and more just glad there hasn't been any fires or deaths from his dodgy work !!!! (Shocking )it takes so long to sentence !!!!! Davepoole2
  • Score: 3

9:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Bournefre says...

The article doesn't say what qualifications (if any) he did have.
The article doesn't say what qualifications (if any) he did have. Bournefre
  • Score: -1

7:20am Wed 16 Jul 14

Davepoole2 says...

Bournefre wrote:
The article doesn't say what qualifications (if any) he did have.
Don't think he had any judging by hi work !! Not even to DIY standards !!!
[quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: The article doesn't say what qualifications (if any) he did have.[/p][/quote]Don't think he had any judging by hi work !! Not even to DIY standards !!! Davepoole2
  • Score: 2

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