Handyman fined $10k for string of dodgy jobs
A SUNSHINE Coast handyman has been fined $10,000 for failing to complete rendering, concreting and paving jobs despite accepting deposits from multiple consumers.
Corey Mark Poole, 31, pleaded guilty to charges laid by the Office of Fair Trading for accepting payments from three consumers but failing to supply their services within the specified periods of time.
The Maroochydore man was also ordered to pay $950.50 in compensation to one of the consumers who had not received a refund. A conviction was not recorded.
The Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard that between March and July last year, Poole responded to three online advertisements from consumers on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and near Bundaberg looking for a tradesman to perform contracting work including paving, rendering and concreting jobs.
Poole requested deposits totalling $1400 before agreeing to complete the work.
No work was done for the Gold Coast or Bundaberg consumers, while some work was done for the Sunshine Coast consumer.
Poole also received a further payment of $1000 from the Sunshine Coast consumer, located at Maroochydore, for the cost of materials but after beginning the work he requested more funds to continue.
When the consumer queried his expenses, Poole abandoned the job and failed to deliver the remainder of the materials.
This left the consumer liable for additional costs to have the work completed.
The court heard all three consumers contacted Poole about the uncompleted work.
The Gold Coast and Bundaberg consumers were eventually refunded after lodging formal complaints with the Office of Fair Trading.
Fair Trading acting executive director Craig Turner said the matter served as a reminder to traders not to quote for jobs and accept money if they are not able to undertake the work promptly.
"Consumers are entitled to refunds for services they have paid for that aren't completed.
"Traders who breach the Australian Consumer Law can face significant enforcement action by the Office of Fair Trading," he said.