West Norfolk trader used Facebook to fleece clients
A West Norfolk trader, Jamie Johnson, 38, of Wildfields Road, Clenchwarton, has been sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for fraudulent trading.
The sentencing took place at Norwich Crown Court yesterday.
Johnson, who carried out business as both King’s Lynn Fencing and Landscapes and King’s Lynn Fencing and Landscaping, took thousands of pounds for non-existent or substandard work over a period of two years from August 2018.
Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships, said: “The pattern to the fraudulent actions of this rogue tradesperson was shocking. He made more than £26,500, by taking payments from 18 customers, for work that was either never done, or done to such a poor standard that thousands of pounds had to be spent to put it right.
“I welcome this successful outcome and would like to thank the Norfolk County Council Trading Standards team for their diligence in putting together a strong case and securing this conviction.”
The court heard how Johnson mainly advertised for work on Facebook using both his own name, and King’s Lynn Fencing and Landscaping.
The prosecution set out how he took deposits, ranging from £350, for artificial grass that was never laid, up to £3000 for a patio that was never built.
After concerns were first raised it emerged that Mr Johnson continued to take money from victims while ducking interviews arranged by the Trading Standards team.
Officers were able to build the case against him and the matter first came to court in July 2020. The defendant finally entered a guilty plea at Lynn magistrates court in July 2021.
Confiscation proceedings, under proceeds of crime legislation, will follow and will include consideration of compensation for victims, as well as for the costs of the investigation.