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Rogue trader ordered to pay back victims and do unpaid work

A rogue trader who left victims with shoddy, incomplete damp proofing work and did not return keys to properties has been ordered to pay nearly £10,000 compensation and do 250 hours’ unpaid work.

Steven Kelly, of Green Close, Walton, Stone, pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud, including operating a fraudulent business, one aggressive practice offence and a trade mark offence for misusing a trade association logo despite not being a member. At North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Monday 38-year-old Kelly was ordered to pay his victims £9,278 compensation and £2,000 costs in addition to the unpaid work.

Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team investigated the first complaint in April 2016, though he had been convicted of similar offence in 2012. In most cases Kelly, who was trading as Dynamic Property Care, would not turn up on the agreed date. When he did, he would ask for a sizeable deposit before carrying out work and then leave it unfinished. Victims’ homes were left in a state of disrepair. In addition Kelly would often refuse to return the keys to properties, meaning the victims would have to change their locks. If challenged by victims, Kelly reacted with intimidation. Offences took place across Stafford, Stone and Stoke-on-Trent.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said:

We are pleased with the outcome of this case which has left numerous victims in a miserable situation having lost money and been intimidated. The offender deliberately misled people by using trade association logos and were presented with shoddy and unfinished work. They would then face intimidation and would have to pay to have locks changed. Our trading standards team works to protect Staffordshire businesses and will take necessary action against those who undermine them. In addition they will make every effort to protect people from fraudulent traders.”