Roofer who charged Watford woman for work that was never carried out admits fraud

Roofer who charged Watford woman for work that was never carried out admits fraud

Roofer who charged Watford woman for work that was never carried out admits fraud

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A roofer who charged a Watford woman for work that was never carried out has admitted fraud.

Billy Smith, 42, of Mansion Lane caravan site in Iver, Buckinghamshire, pleaded guilty to four offences relating to invoices he made to a customer who employed him to fix her roof. 

Hertfordshire Trading Standards said Smith repaired a leaking roof for the woman in October 2012. 

When the leak returned in July 2013, the customer invited Smith back assuming the work was covered by guarantee. 

However the court heard Smith told her that the new leak was not connected with the previous one he had repaired. 

The woman then reluctantly agreed for him to carry out further work. 

However a Trading Standard’s investigations concluded that major parts of the job as listed on both invoices had not been carried out. 

Although the victim did not pay for the second job, she was still estimated by the expert to be £400 out of pocket. 

The investigation also found that what little work had been done was also of very poor quality. 

Judge Plumstead adjourned the case for probation reports ahead of sentencing on Friday August 29. 

Richard Thake, Hertfordshire County Council cabinet member for community safety, said: "Customers should be able to trust companies to give them a fair price and not take advantage of them. Charging excessive high prices can be a criminal offence and traders must meet the requirements of professional diligence."

For more crime news click here.
 

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:31pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Phoenix Keeper says...

I wonder how many other people have fallen foul of this particular person that have not come forward or been traced?
I wonder how many other people have fallen foul of this particular person that have not come forward or been traced? Phoenix Keeper
  • Score: 6

1:41pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Rover says...

I have had dealing with this person. Paid for a leak to be repaired and he made a new hole in the roof whilst up there.
I have had dealing with this person. Paid for a leak to be repaired and he made a new hole in the roof whilst up there. The Rover
  • Score: 3

4:46pm Tue 22 Jul 14

G_Whiz says...

Let's have some positive stories about travellers for a change - Jeez this paper only prints stories about their crimes.

Stories about charity work, community and civic spirit, improving the environment, animal welfare, fighting crime etc. No wonder everyone stereotypes travellers.
Let's have some positive stories about travellers for a change - Jeez this paper only prints stories about their crimes. Stories about charity work, community and civic spirit, improving the environment, animal welfare, fighting crime etc. No wonder everyone stereotypes travellers. G_Whiz
  • Score: -3

10:48am Thu 24 Jul 14

Fantastiic Con says...

G_Whiz wrote:
Let's have some positive stories about travellers for a change - Jeez this paper only prints stories about their crimes.

Stories about charity work, community and civic spirit, improving the environment, animal welfare, fighting crime etc. No wonder everyone stereotypes travellers.
I don't accept that. There's been plenty of stories of travellers involved in fighting and crime.
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: Let's have some positive stories about travellers for a change - Jeez this paper only prints stories about their crimes. Stories about charity work, community and civic spirit, improving the environment, animal welfare, fighting crime etc. No wonder everyone stereotypes travellers.[/p][/quote]I don't accept that. There's been plenty of stories of travellers involved in fighting and crime. Fantastiic Con
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree