At a sentencing hearing last week Mr Michael Roberts 39 (also known as Jesse Penfold) from a small village near Wisbech, who had pleaded guilty to 10 offences, was also handed a confiscation order of almost Â£20,000 and disqualified as a director for 10 years. The order must be paid within six months as compensation to nine fraud victims. He was also given a supervision order.
Cambridgeshire County Council's Acting Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities, Aileen Andrews said "The judge commented that Roberts had played a lead role in what he described as a relatively sophisticated fraud that had a substantial impact on some victims. This investigation demonstrates that we won't tolerate this type of criminal activity conducted in Cambridgeshire. We'd urge consumers to be vigilant when checking out the names and business addresses of traders. You can seek advice before a contract is agreed from Citizens Advice on 0345 4040506."