Conman who falsely claimed to be a registered gas engineer has appeal rejected

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A conman who was convicted following an investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards has had his appeal rejected.

David Russell, 57, of Horley Road, Charlwood, Horley, was found guilty of two charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer Home or Place of Work etc. Regulations 2008 in August 2014.

Russell was told to pay more than £1,000 which consisted of a fine, costs and a victim surcharge after he falsely claimed to be a registered gas engineer.

West Sussex Trading Standards team confirmed Russell had been registered and had failed to carry out the necessary legal procedures with his work relating to contracts and offering a cooling-off period.

During Russell’s appeal at Brighton Magistrates Court, the judge refused to reduce the penalty.

Russell was also ordered to pay an additional £1,000 towards prosecution costs for this hearing, which previously stood at £650.

Russell’s appeal for the charge under the Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer Home or Place of Work etc. Regulations 2008 was conceded.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents Services with responsibility for Trading Standards, said: “Consumers across the county need to be protected against rogue traders, something that our trading standards officers have continued to strive for.

“We are pleased with this outcome and it is another important breakthrough for West Sussex Trading Standards.”