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« on: November 01, 2017, 02:54:36 PM »

A father and son who scammed Royal Borough residents with rogue building works have been ordered to pay more than £80,000.

Anthony and Tony Reed, who traded as ABC Roofing, were prosecuted after an investigation by the council’s Trading Standards team revealed they had been overcharging customers for work, or charging for work that was never done.

On one occasion the duo, from Windsor, overcharged a resident almost £40,000. On Thursday 26 October 2017 Anthony Reed was ordered to pay a total of £77,990.32 at Reading Crown Court, to be distributed to six of the pair’s victims.

They were originally convicted on 14 March 2016 when Anthony Reed admitted six offences under the Fraud Act 2006 and his son admitted one further offence, under the same act.
 
The repayment to their victims comes after the Royal Borough’s Trading Standards team pursued a confiscation order to reclaim the money residents were wrongly charged. Anthony Reed was also ordered to repay the council’s legal fees of £39,214.

Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Getting this compensation would not have been possible without our Trading Standards team working hard with their partners to get the right result for residents.
 
“It takes time and effort to successfully prosecute rogue traders and I am pleased this case has ended in a positive outcome for those who were affected.”

The six victims, who all lived in the borough when the Reeds carried out the fraudulent work, will receive compensation payments ranging from £698.48 to £52,995.52.

The amounts were calculated by getting an independent surveyor to value the work actually carried out against the fees residents had been asked to pay, plus interest.

The investigation originally began with the Royal Borough’s Trading Standards team in July 2013 and was made possible with the assistance of an accredited financial investigator and the support of Trading Standards at Hampshire County Council.
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