Cheshire news Man conned customers out of £40,000 for work that never happened MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Michael Aston was particularly active on social media and Pride in the Port on Facebook

Cheshire news Man conned customers out of £40,000 for work that never happened MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Michael Aston was particularly active on social media and Pride in the Port on Facebook

Cheshire news  Man conned customers out of £40,000 for work that never happened MetiNews.Com
17 September 2020 - 04:08

Breaking News ! An Ellesmere Port man has been prosecuted after defrauding customers to the tune of £40,000 for gardening work that never took place. Michael Aston, of Pooltown Road, Ellesmere Port, had pleaded guilty to one offence of fraudulent trading in June this year and was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Monda, September 14. Mr Aston, 32, was sentenced to 10 months prison (suspended for two years), 200 hours unpaid work and £7,000 compensation, to be paid back to victims. Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Trading Standards team investigated after they received several complaints from local residents about the business. The offence concerned the operation of his business, M A Gardening which had a strong social media presence, particularly on Facebook and the ‘Pride in the Port’ group. Read More Related Articles Dealer who shoved heroin and cocaine in boxer shorts caught out by plain clothed officers Read More Related Articles Warrington dad faked DNA test to try and deny he was father to sons Aston requested large deposits from his customers and also asked for staged payments ahead of agreed times. The defendant would then offer a wide range of reasons as to why he was unable to complete the agreed work within a reasonable timescale. The court heard details of offences spanning a 20-month period which has had a significant impact on individuals and the wider community.

. Some witnesses resorted to posting poor reviews of this company on the internet. This was met with an even stronger reaction, many customers received aggressive and upsetting messages. Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport said: “This type of activity will not be tolerated in Cheshire West and Chester. Our Regulatory Services officers work hard to protect residents in the borough from unscrupulous individuals willing to scam innocent people into handing over large sums of money. “The defendant’s actions have caused considerable distress and anxiety to many people around the borough and beyond. I hope the outcome of this case sends a clear message to anyone considering criminal business activities.” In summing up Judge Nicholas Woodward said Aston had caused considerable frustration, anxiety and stress to his victims by failing to perform, meaning they now distrust other legitimate traders.

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Cheshire news Man conned customers out of £40,000 for work that never happened MetiNews.Com


Cheshire news Man conned customers out of £40,000 for work that never happened MetiNews.Com


Cheshire news Man conned customers out of £40,000 for work that never happened MetiNews.Com


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