Fake fascia trader jailed

NILABE120207b1, Director David Carpenter from Let's Fascia it, Merlin way, Quarry hill industrial estate Ilkeston. Seen holding the fake leaflet on the right and there leaflet ion the left (looking at it)
NILABE120207b1, Director David Carpenter from Let's Fascia it, Merlin way, Quarry hill industrial estate Ilkeston. Seen holding the fake leaflet on the right and there leaflet ion the left (looking at it)
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A rogue trader who posed as an Ilkeston firm has been jailed for 18 months after carrying out poor standard guttering and fascia work.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Kieran Calvert, 24, from Darlington, County Durham, carried out fraudulent work costing £27,170 from Septemer 2010 to August 2011.

Let’s Fascia It was one of a number of firms which Calvert claimed to be working for.

A spokesman for the Quarry Hill Industrial Estate firm said: “We have been known as Let’s Fascia It for the last 10 years and during this time we have built up a good name and are well-known and respected locally.

“The work Calvert has carried out under our name has been very shoddy which has been damaging to our well-earned reputation.

“We have rectified some of the poor work he has carried out locally which has meant his customers have had to pay twice which is unacceptable.”

The East Midlands Scambusters Team worked alongside Trading Standards officers from East Midlands county councils and Nottingham City Council to investigate Calvert’s work following dozens of complaints.

An independent construction expert inspected 17 properties and found wrong materials were used and not fixed properly to homes.

In some cases a thin layer of UPVC was fixed over rotten wood which should have been replaced with a thick layer.

He secured work by producing leaflets containing the name of a local reputable fascia and guttering company and an 0800 number which would divert to his own mobile phone.

He pleaded guilty to 19 charges under the Fraud Act last Wednesday.

Nottinghamshire County Council trading standards officer Paul Gretton said: “Calvert was superficially charming and friendly but he carried out work which our expert considered worthless and could have actually caused damage to the consumer’s property.”