Wisbech rogue builder Christopher Ferreria before magistrates after taking cash but not completing the work
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A Wisbech rogue builder who scammed three victims by taking cash for work he never completed is facing civil action to ensure he repays them.
Christopher Ferreria, 42, of Poppy Mews, Wisbech, was ordered to pay £1,100 in compensation and £700 costs in a hearing at Peterborough Magistrates Court.
South-African born Ferreria ran CB Property Maintenance Ltd, registered to Clarkson Avenue, until it was dissolved on October 3 this year.
He took £3,350 from three victims for home improvement work he promised.
Peter Gell, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s head of trading standards, said: “In all of these cases the victims wanted to make home improvements and were lied to by Ferreria.
“The victims have had to find new traders not only to complete the work, but correct some of the work done and this has caused much embarrassment to them.
“In one case, the victims missed out on seeing their grandchildren in Cornwall as they didn’t have the money to get the work done and go on holiday.
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“We will continue to work with our partners to keep the people of Cambridgeshire safe and we won’t tolerate rogue trading in our county.”
One victim was a single parent and wanted to make a small improvement to the family home by dividing a room with double doors, another cashed in their work pension for some sewer work.
The final victim wanted to make improvements to their utility room.
Ferreria pleaded guilty to three charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations following an investigation by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards.
He repeatedly failed to attend the work, failed to complete the work, he took payment for work which was not delivered in the time scales agreed.
He also failed to repay his victims for some or any of the deposit paid for the work with reasonable promptness.
During the hearing the magistrates took into account the compelling victims statements and felt Ferreria became ‘dishonest over a period of time’.
The rest of the money has been promised to be paid back to the victims by Ferreria through outstanding civil court actions.
• Are you a victim? Do you have photos of Ferreria’s shoddy workmanship? email firstname.lastname@example.org.