04:08PM, Thursday 03 September 2015
A fraudster repair man who charged Royal Borough residents for work that he didn’t complete has been ordered to pay compensation to his victims.
Gary Brench, who lives in Queensway, Maidenhead, was sentenced at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August, 28, following an investigation by the Royal Borough’s trading standards team.
The court heard how between 2011 and 2014 he had charged his victims in towns including Windsor and Ascot for repair work on tumble dryers, dishwashers and ovens but failed to carry out the work and kept the money.
He then refused to speak to the victims when they tried to contact him.
Brench also duped customers by claiming to operate from a Dedworth Road address, which is now owned by Power Domestic Appliances.
Evidence was provided by PDA’s owner to the court that he regularly received complaints from people who had used Brench, thinking he was associated with the company.
The conman also falsely used the trading name of Alexander & Turner in his online adverts.
The court heard that Brench initially had been given permission to use the company’s name by the previous owner but when the owner died in 2004, the company ceased trading.
Brench carried on using the name until 2014.
Brench, who pleaded guilty to his eight fraud charges, was ordered to pay compensation totalling £583 to his victims, £100 to Power Domestic Appliances, £1,410 in costs.
He was also handed a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “As this case demonstrates, we are determined to investigate, find and bring to book rogue traders preying on local residents.
“Fraudulent trading practices are simply not acceptable and we will continue to investigate all such activity to protect the public and to prevent damage to the reputation of honest local traders.”
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