10 February 2011

A garage door supplier who repeatedly misled his customers has received a ten-month custodial sentence following an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards team.

Gary Allbones, trading as Gary Allbones Garage Doors was found guilty of operating a fraudulent business following a four and a half day trial at Northampton Crown Court which ended today (8th February).

On 15 occasions between 15th January 2007 and 14th November 2008, Allbones received advance payments to provide garage doors within a certain timeframe. However, the garage doors were supplied very late and in some cases, not supplied at all.

Previous to this, Allbones had given two undertakings to Trading Standards (in 2005 and 2007) agreeing to carry out work with reasonable care and skill, supply garage doors within a reasonable time and not to make false statements to induce consumers to enter into a contract. These undertakings followed earlier complaints about Allbones’ business.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for customers and communities said: “This was a fraud that deceived consumers into parting with their money for goods that Allbones knew would not be supplied on time, and in some cases they were never supplied at all. Allbones still owes a number of the consumers several hundred pounds that he fraudulently obtained from them. I am pleased that Trading Standards have successfully prosecuted this rogue trader.”