Rain

Rain

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Four rogue salesmen sentenced for defrauding customers through water cooler scam

18:40 01 August 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Archant

Four rogue salesmen have been sentenced to a combined total of 38 months after fraudulently misleading customers into entering costly financially agreements against their will.

The salesmen, who had been employed at DWS Environmental Ltd based in Bury St Edmunds, were also ordered to carry out 490 hours of unpaid work and pay £14,400 in costs, following yesterday’s hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

They had pleaded or been found guilty of 19 offences between them, relating to charges of fraud by false representation.

Numerous businesses had complained about the salesmen, after rental agreements for water coolers were altered without their knowledge, tying them to costly long-term contracts.

Trading Standards initiated an investigation in 2011 and found evidence that lease agreements had been increased from periods of three, six or 12 months to as many as 75. The total value of contracts relating to the charges is about £80,000.

Councillor Colin Spence, cabinet member for public protection said: “This case is a continual reminder that scammers don’t just target consumers, they also con businesses.

“It is very easy to think that you won’t be fooled but scammers are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to take your money.”

Peter Oakes, 58, of Devon was sentenced to 17 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, 200 hours unpaid work and £6,000 costs. Gavin Heyhoe, 45, of Nottingham, was sentenced 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, 140 hours unpaid work and £1,200 costs. Alan Wilson, 50, of Curzon Street, Burton on Trent, received a six month sentence, suspended for 15 months, 90 hours unpaid work and £1, 200 costs. David Leather, 50, of Trafalgar Road, Manchester was handed a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months, 60 hours unpaid work and £6,000 costs.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A man is due to appear at court charged with rape and robbery.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with rape and robbery.

Staff at Allonsfield House care home dressed as Land Girls for the event

Care home residents were taken back to 1940s Suffolk complete with wartime rations, air raid sirens and dances to Vera Lynn.

Ipswich Crown Court

A trainee plumber has been cleared of wounding an Essex soldier who underwent surgery after he suffered a fractured cheekbone in an alleged late-night attack in Colchester.

Police at Ipswich Hospital following reports of a stabbing.

Detectives investigating a double murder in Ipswich have until tomorrow morning to question a teenage boy in connection with the incident.

A man is due to be sentenced after acting as a lookout in three business burglaries.

A man who acted as a lookout during three professionally organised burglaries at business premises, including two in Suffolk, has been warned he could be jailed when he is sentenced next month.

Artist and pub sign designer George Taylor.

A piece of west Suffolk pub history is up for grabs at an auction in the town today.

Hattie Hopkins and Freddy Legg judging the best Christmas window in Framlingham.

Organisers of a Suffolk town’s “festive window competition” say this year’s success has confirmed its future as an annual Christmas event.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24