Ipswich builder guilty of fraud

Repeat offender caught out again by Suffolk Trading Standards

A known rogue trader has been found guilty of fraud offences today at Ipswich Crown Court, for giving a false name and not carrying out work that he had been paid to do.

Paul Bagley, 31, of Thackeray Road, Ipswich was sentenced to a one year community order for dishonestly making a false representation, by giving a false name of ‘John Green’ and agreeing to supply and fit a garage door for £460 which he did not supply or fit.

The victim had encountered the trader as he visited a DIY retailer in Ipswich, as he was looking to buy a new garage door. Whilst there, he began a conversation with a man who called himself “Mr. Green”,  who agreed to supply and fit a new garage door for £460.  After measurements had been taken by Bagley aka “Mr. Green” he was paid £420 on the basis that the work would be completed in the next few days. The victim was given a receipt but later received a phone call from “Mr. Green” stating that he had been delayed.   No further contact was made by the conman.

After being contacted, Suffolk Trading Standards investigated and obtained CCTV footage to try to identify “Mr. Green”. They discovered that he was in fact Mr. Paul Bagley who was well known to them, as they had prosecuted Bagley in 2007 and 2013 – for swindling £23,000 from Ipswich residents.

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said:

“This case highlights the need for consumers to use reputable traders, such as those on our Trader Scheme, Checkatrade, and not to risk dealing with traders that they meet in the street or knock on the door. We would advise people to take care, think about whether they want the work done, and not to be rushed into making any commitments.

“Mr. Bagley is a repeat offender who after several prosecutions has still not learnt his lesson. Let this be a stark warning to anyone considering taking advantage of Suffolk consumers – Suffolk Trading Standards will take the strongest possible action against them.

Trading Standards top tips to avoid getting scammed by rogue traders:

  • Never sign on the spot
  • Check the trader’s identity. Always ask for an identity card and look up the organisation to check the salesperson’s identity is genuine
  • Don’t hand over a cash deposit. Avoid handing over money before work is started. A reliable trader will never ask you to do this
  • Think very carefully before you agree to a trader starting any work straight away. If you agree to have any work done or goods delivered within the seven day cooling-off period, you may have to pay if you later change your mind and cancel the contract
  • Trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • When seeking a reliable trader, talk to family, friends and neighbours to get recommendations, or look for a Trader via Checkatrade, who’s local members are vetted by Suffolk Trading Standards.

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Suffolk Trading Standards is working towards creating and fair and safe trading environment. By creating empowered consumers, that are armed with the knowledge to stop 'rogue traders'.

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