Rogue Suffolk roofer found guilty of fraud

A rogue trader who falsely claimed roof repairs were required, and tried to claim the work would cost over £1000 was found guilty today at Ipswich Crown Court today.

Bill Simpson, 57, of Pine Lodge caravan Park, Hazels Lane, Hinton, Saxmundham falsely claimed roof repairs were required at the home of his elderly victims, and then tried to charge over £1000 for the work.

This follows a Suffolk Trading Standards investigation following a call received by Suffolk Police who had arrested Simpson at the victim’s address in Lowestoft in January 2014.

The case centred on claims made by Simpson about the roof repair and cleansing work required on their bungalow that was commenced without the agreement of the homeowner. Once he had started the work, and was challenged by the homeowner, Simpson stated the work would cost over £1000.

During the investigation, Trading Standards had an expert report completed on the property. The report concluded that there was “no justification for any works to have been undertaken or attempted on the victim’s roof” despite Simpson’s misleading claims.

Simpson was previously prosecuted for a fraud offence carried out in Norfolk in July 2009, concerning roof work which he claimed he had completed, when only minimal work had been undertaken. Simpson charged his victim, £16,000 for work to the value of just £300 – £400. For that offence, Simpson was sentenced to imprisonment of 40 weeks suspended for 24 months.

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

“This case highlights the great work of Suffolk Trading Standards, working in partnership with Suffolk Constabulary and the quick intervention of the victim and their family which led to this successful prosecution.

“Mr Simpson is a repeat offender who didn’t learn his lesson from his previous experience in Norfolk. Let this be a warning to anyone considering taking advantage of Suffolk people.”

“I would urge any Suffolk resident who has concerns about a trader undertaking work on their home or on a neighbour’s property, to contact Suffolk Trading Standards on 03454 040506 at the earliest opportunity.”

Sentencing will be on 16 April 2015.

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