Fake landscaper ordered to pay thousands

A BOGUS landscaper with an unusual name has been slapped with a fine after accepting money from customers but never showing up to do the work.

Bogan was ordered to pay $12,359 in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court in Brisbane's north last week.

He was found guilty of one count of wrongly accepting payment and failing to supply services.

Bogan provided a quote of $2359.17 for landscaping services to a Highvale resident.

Bogan then accepted the money on 19 September, 2017 and promised to commence work at the property within the week.

But Bogan didn't show up to do the work on the promised date and rescheduled the project to December 2017, and again to January 2018.

During this time, the resident asked for the materials for the job to be delivered but these were never supplied.

Fake landscaper Bogan never started the work and eventually ceased contact with the consumer, refusing to refund the money.

He avoided the Office of Fair Trading and behaved evasively throughout the investigation.

Magistrate Trevor Morgan noted Bogan failed several times to show up to do the work, made several excuses to the consumer and never returned the money after she demanded it.

He also noted the defendant avoided all interaction with the OFT and failed to appear in court.

Mr Morgan commented that the impact for consumers of this conduct that is of a commercial nature must be closely scrutinised by Fair Trading, particularly when the laws and rights of consumers are ignored, and that a significant penalty was appropriate.

Fair Trading acting executive director Craig Turner said he was pleased the court noted in sentencing the fact the landscaper had attempted to avoid the OFT and had behaved evasively throughout the investigation.

"Today's decision is a reminder that unscrupulous traders looking to rip off consumers will not be tolerated in the Queensland marketplace," Mr Turner said.

Bogan was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $2359.17 in compensation to the affected consumer.



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