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Successful prosecution taken against rogue trader

A rogue trader has been sentenced to an 18 month imprisonment and five year director disqualification following a trading standards investigation. 

Adam Rafferty trading as Oakwood Wall Coating and Roofing Ltd pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and was sentenced at Snaresbrook Magistrates Court on 19 May 2014. 

In summer of 2012 Rafferty cold called a lone 89 year old resident in Barkingside and offered to do some roofing work for £15,000.  The resident agreed to go to Lloyds TSB in Cranbrook Road, but a member of staff at the bank noticed something wasn’t right and alerted the police who called trading standards who intervened. 

Rafferty was interviewed by trading standards who suggested that his business was fraudulent and that his claims that the company had been trading for years were false and that it had only been established two months before the crime. There were no skilled workmen employed by him and the paperwork was illegal as the ‘right to cancel’ was not included. 

The Council will prosecute if traders provide false or misleading information or operate contrary to regulations. 

Rogue traders are generally described as someone who cold calls claiming work needs to be done on a property or offers to do it very cheaply. Often, the work is unnecessary or carried out to a poor standard and the price agreed is often inflated. 

Residents are advised not to take someone’s word that work needs to be done if you receive a cold call.  Make sure that you shop around and get other quotes first or use an approved trader through the Buy with Confidence scheme. 

If you have any concerns about rogue traders, report it to the trading standards team through the Citizen’s Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06. 

To find out more about the Buy with Confidence scheme and to find traders in your area, visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

For further information please contact: Debi Hale, Media Officer on 020 8708 3844 www.redbridge.gov.uk 

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DATE: 27 May 2014