A bankrupt has received a 15-year Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (BRO), the maximum possible term, for ripping off mainly elderly customers.
Trevor Bateman, who is already serving a four year prison sentence, was handed the sentence at Swindon County Court following an investigation by The Insolvency Service.
Bateman was handed the BRO for ripping off mainly elderly customers by carrying out unnecessary and overpriced work of poor standard, and misusing materials.
Susan MacLeord, official receiver in Gloucester, said: “The maximum period for a Bankruptcy Restriction Order is 15 years, and this case merited it.
“Several of the creditors who suffered as a result of the bankrupt’s actions were elderly and lived alone. This result sends out a message to unscrupulous traders who attempt to take advantage of the public.”
The BRO restricts Bateman from being a director of a company without the permission of the court.
He must also disclose the BRO when applying for more than credit worth £500, and the name by which he was made bankrupt if seeking to do business in a different name.
Between 1 February 2008 and 1 September 2010, while trading in partnership with another person, Bateman carried out work that was unnecessary and of poor standard, made false representations about the work, and charged customers for materials used on other jobs.
This resulted in claims against him totalling £161,538 which materially contributed to his bankruptcy.
Bateman is currently serving a four-year sentence after being convicted of nine counts of fraud, seven counts of unfair commercial practice contrary to the Consumer Protections from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, and six counts of transferring criminal property contrary to Section 327 of the Act.