Andrew Pollard (37) of Longfield Road, Leeds, who traded as “A&J Roofing Solutions Ltd” has been ordered to repay £26,472.86 to the victims of his rogue trading.
Mr Pollard previously pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to ten offences under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and was sentenced on the 10th July 2017 to 20 month’s imprisonment for offences spanning from November 2015 to September 2016.
This conviction was secured by the West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team (WYFEAT), which is a multi-agency partnership between Trading Standards, West Yorkshire Police, Adult Social Care professionals and supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, with the aim of combatting rogue traders who prey on the vulnerable.
The Financial Investigation Team at Trading Standards has been working hard throughout the investigation to retrieve compensation for the victims of Mr Pollard for the substandard work performed by “A & J Roofing Solutions Ltd.”
On the 31st January 2018 at Leeds Crown Court, a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was made against Mr Pollard in the amount of £26,472.86. This represented the total available assets of Mr Pollard which were held in various bank accounts. This money will be distributed in compensation to the victims of his inadequate workmanship. The time to pay this order has been set at one month and if Mr Pollard fails to pay the order he will serve a further sentence in default of 3 years.
As reported previously, across 2016 A&J Roofing Solutions Ltd was the most complained about company in West Yorkshire in the field of “Roofing, Fascias and Guttering”. West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service received numerous complaints alleging seriously deficient workmanship, misleading representations regarding the necessity and extent of work and many customers who complained of problems to Mr Pollard were strung along and given false promises that they would be rectified.
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, who has helped to provide joint funding for the WYFEAT initiative said: "I very much support the confiscation order and hope it goes someway to helping the victims of Mr Pollard move on. This is more invaluable work from the WYFEAT and I would like to again thank them for their dedicated work. It also sends a very clear message that robust action will be taken against anyone who seeks to take advantage of vulnerable people and our intention to strengthen this joint approach.”
Linda Davis, Head of the WYFEAT task force at West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service said: “This is a fantastic result by the WYFEAT team in not only securing a positive sentence but also in obtaining a significant confiscation order against Mr Pollard which will help towards compensating these victims, many of which were vulnerable. The result really highlights how the use of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 alongside the criminal investigation can help the victims of rogue traders seek some of their money back through the confiscation regime.”
This is a significant result for the consumers who will receive their due compensation, WYFEAT and for the Financial Investigation Team at Trading Standards.
One of Pollard’s victims, aged 69, lost over £12,000 for work which initially began as a broken roof tile at a cost of £850 but quickly escalated. This victim will receive almost £9,000 from the confiscation order and would be happy to speak to the media regarding his experiences with this rogue trader.