Unscrupulous East Anglian tradesman jailed

On 10 November 2023 at King’s Lynn Crown Court, Ben Draper of Wisbech was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Unscrupulous East Anglian tradesman jailed

Mr Draper pleaded guilty to one offence of contravening professional diligence under consumer protection regulations, and four offences of dishonestly appropriating monies for works which he did not undertake, and by his failure to refund monies he intended to permanently deprive consumers of their property, contrary to the Theft Act 1968.

It is noteworthy that Mr Draper’s failure to notify installation work formed part of the case against him - a timely reminder that the notification of boiler installations is a legal requirement. OFTEC had been contacted by Norfolk Trading Standards because, alongside other offences, Mr Draper was falsely claiming that his business was OFTEC registered and OFTEC provided information confirming his non-registered status as part of the investigation.

Repeat offender

Commenting on the successful prosecution, Norfolk Trading . . .

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