A West Norfolk man has started a 14 month prison sentence for fraudulent trading. Jamie Johnson, 38, of Wildfields Road, Clenchwarton, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.
During the hearing, the court heard Johnson, who ran businesses known as King’s Lynn Fencing and Landscapes, and King’s Lynn Fencing and Landscaping, took thousands of pounds for non-existent or substandard work for the two years from August 2018.
He mainly advertised on Facebook and took deposits for work that was never completed, the court heard.
Trading Standards launched an investigation and, despite dodging interviews with him, enough evidence was gathered to take him to court.
Johnson pleaded guilty before King’s Lynn magistrates in July.
Margaret Dewsbury, the county councillor responsible for communities and partnerships, said: “The pattern to the fraudulent actions of this rogue tradesperson was shocking. He made more than £26,500, by taking payments from 18 customers, for work that was either never done, or done to such a poor standard that thousands of pounds had to be spent to put it right.
“I welcome this successful outcome and would like to thank the Norfolk County Council Trading Standards team for their diligence in putting together a strong case and securing this conviction.”