Trading Standards Prosecute Rogue for Selling Broken TV’s Described As Working

Clayton MugshotCon man, Paul Clayton Maughan, who tried to sell a broken 32” flat screen TV to an off duty policemen and was subsequently caught red handed with 5 broken televisions in the back of his van, has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 2 years, after being found guilty of fraud.

Maughan of Keeble Way, Braintree tried to deceive the Police Officer by stating the televisions were HD, LCD and “of a good make”. The TV’s were packaged in a manner that hid the fact that the screens were broken and that they were beyond economic repair.

He was stopped by the Police on the A14 soon after he attempted to sell a TV to an off-duty Police Officer in the car park of a supermarket in Bury St Edmunds in April 2013.

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This is not his first offence. Mr. Maughan was prosecuted by Suffolk Trading Standards for selling broken Televisions in very similar circumstances in December 2011 resulting in one year of community service and £600 costs.

In addition to his new suspended sentence Maughan was given a supervision requirement for 12 months and ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work. He must also pay £80 to the victims’ fund and complete a thinking skills programme.

During sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court, Recorder Christopher Makey said:

“The real difficulty is that people who are short of money perhaps see an opportunity of buying a TV, not buying something from somebody like you, that doesn’t work. They have no recourse, they are out of pocket and that can lead to a great deal of hardship.”

Councillor Colin Spence, cabinet member for public protection said:

“This successful prosecution highlights the work that Suffolk Trading Standards do to protect Suffolk consumers and businesses. Anyone who is offered goods for sale out the back of a van, by a person who approaches them in the street, or uninvited at the doorstep, should be highly suspicious. Goods sold in this way may be stolen, counterfeit , unsafe or as in this case, broken.  Our advice is simply never to deal with traders in this way.”

Anyone who is suspicious of goods offered for sale in this way should report the matter to Suffolk Trading Standards on 03454 040506 or to Suffolk Police on 101.”

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