Portsmouth Rogue trader sentenced to 13 months

28/06/2013

Keith Winning was today sentenced to 11 months at Portsmouth Crown Court after pleading guilty in May to three offences of fraud, contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006 and one offence of engaging in unfair commercial practices contrary to regulations 9 and 13 of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

He also was sentenced to two months to run consecutively for assaulting police officers on his arrest and received an Anti Social Behaviour Order prohibiting from trading for seven years.
Following the sentence, Lindsay Pennell, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "Keith Winning advertised his services as a plumbing and boiler specialist under the name 'Portsmouth Plumbing and Heating'. His customers included elderly and vulnerable people who had specifically chosen his company from the Yellow Pages because his advertisement had falsely indicated he was registered with Check-A-Trade.

"His fraudulent activities included charging a customer for a new boiler when he had not fitted one at all but simply filed off the old serial number, and quoting another customer in excess of £2400 for a boiler, which was available for sale at prices in the region of £300 - £400.

"People who employ boiler engineers or any other gas services are expecting an expert, who will carry out the work they charge for, and do so at a reasonable and fair commercial price. As a result of his frauds, one of his victims said that he was now scared to employ anyone to undertake work in his house.

"Keith Winning pleaded guilty shortly before his trial was due to start in May at Portsmouth Crown Court. On behalf of the whole prosecution team I would like to thank all the witnesses and the victims who were prepared to give evidence in the case. We have made today at sentencing a successful application for an Anti- Social Behaviour Order in order to prevent Keith Winning re-offending following his release."