West Berkshire Council

Rogue builder ordered to pay victims

A rogue builder has learned the hard way that crime doesn't pay

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Issued on:  2 October 2018

Daniel Collins of Bourne Lake Park, Cricklade, Swindon has been ordered to pay his victims £73,093.91.

The Confiscation Hearing came following an in depth financial investigation by the Public Protection Partnership (PPP).  Collins had previously pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court in July 2016 to six offences relating to Fraud and Unfair Trading for which he received a three and a half year custodial sentence.

Collins incorporated two companies; Designwise Paving Ltd and Homepride Paving Ltd and between 18 February 2015 and 10 October 2015, and offered to undertake work to driveways at households across the south east.  Once the work was started he would inflate his prices to a level that did not reflect the actual work done and leave work incomplete or in a substandard condition. 

Considering the case, Her Honour Judge Notts held that Collins had benefited from his criminal conduct to the amount of £134,414.47. He was ordered to pay a confiscation order of £95,721.00. From this amount £73,093.91 will be repaid in compensation to six victims who had been coerced by Collins into paying for poorly executed work at inflated prices. Collins will have to pay £95,721.00 in three months or serve a further 15 months imprisonment.

Cllr Iain McCracken, Chairman of the Joint Public Protection Committee said:

"These were serious offences as illustrated by the immediate three and half year custodial sentence back in 2016. The painstaking financial investigation carried out by the PPP has traced the proceeds of those crimes. This Confiscation Order and default sentence send a clear message that crimes of this nature will not be allowed to go unpunished."