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Jail for men claiming NICEIC registration

Mar 2019 General | Comments Off on Jail for men claiming NICEIC registration

Two cases have recently been heard in Crown Court in which deception and false claims put the public at risk or defrauded them.

John Draco of Newton Aycliffe was jailed for carrying out dangerous work while posing as a registered electrician. He pleaded guilty to fraud and consumer protection related offences after falsely claiming to be a qualified electrician.

He advertised his services on Yell.com as accredited by ELECSA and Trustmark, despite not having either accreditation. He also claimed to be NICEIC registered. The court heard how Draco had offered to complete a full rewire of a property for £3,000, but had left it in a highly dangerous state. He was jailed for 13 months following a trial at Durham Crown Court.

In another case, heard at Liverpool Crown Court, two directors of a Warrington-based solar panel company were handed four-year jail sentences for fraudulently deceiving customers and falsely claiming to be NICEIC registered.

James Thomas Birchall was found guilty of 12 offences of fraud and money laundering. Peter Steven Haddley was found guilty of 19 offences of fraud and theft. Both men denied the offences. The investigation related primarily to Key Energy Solutions Ltd of Winwick Street, Warrington, that was linked with Future-Energy-UK Ltd of Piccadilly, Manchester.

The companies they were involved with were involved in the sale and supply of solar panels and battery systems for solar panel systems. Victims were enticed into purchasing solar panels with the promise of payments back via the Feed in Tariff.

However, customers were never entitled to such payments, because the company was not certified by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).