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Company director jailed for fraudulent trading after customers paid thousands for home improvements and 'ended up with either very little or nothing to show for it'

A company director has been put behind bars after he admitted to fraudulent trading which left customers ‘thousands of pounds’ out of pocket.

Monday, 16th May 2022, 11:34 am

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Adam Crake, of Houghton, was jailed for five years and five months at Newcastle Crown Court on May 12 after he pleaded guilty to Fraudulent Trading in relation to ASC Home Improvements Ltd and Aspire UK Home Improvements Ltd.

He has also been disqualified from being a company director for 10 years.

William Ramsey, of Newcastle, pleaded guilty to offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations in relation to Aspire UK Home Improvements Ltd. He received a sentence of 11 months, suspended for 12 months, as well as 150 hours of community service.

Adam Crake has been jailed for more than five years after he admitted to fraudulent trading at Newcastle Crown Court.

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Sarah Callaghan, from North Tyneside, pleaded guilty to Fraudulent Trading in relation to ASC Home Improvements Ltd, with her sentencing postponed to a later date.

Gateshead Council said it had received over 100 complaints against the companies, and alongside the criminal investigation, had secured an Enforcement Order in 2019 to try to prevent their unlawful practices as soon as possible.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director, Climate Change, Compliance, Planning and Transport at Gateshead Council, hopes the outcome of the case will act as a warning to others.

She said: "This has been a particularly appalling case, and we are really pleased with the sentences that have been imposed so far.

“We received a huge number of complaints about both of these companies and acted as swiftly as we could to prevent more people being affected.

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"People paid thousands of pounds to these companies for home improvement work ranging from full kitchen extensions to small bathroom refits, and ended up with either very little or nothing to show for it and the courts have clearly recognised the seriousness of the offending.

"The results of this case should go as a warning to any other traders out there who think they can take money from people and carry out work to a very poor standard or not provide the goods or services at all."