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A Kent-based kitchen fitter who took nearly 30,000 in deposits from customers but failed to complete their kitchens has been jailed for bankruptcy offences after prosecution by the Department for Business.

Lincoln McLean, 51, of Canterbury, was jailed for two years for offences against the Insolvency Act which prevents bankrupt people taking deposits for work.

The court heard McLean accepted deposits from customers, promising them a new or refurbished kitchen, but then took the money and never completed the work.

Business Minister, Pat McFadden said:

"We are determined to crack down on cheats like these who profit by deception. Honest people who have handed over money have suffered as a result.

"This prosecution sends a clear message to would-be fraudsters that they won't get away with it."

Notes

* McLean was sentenced on 01 August, 2008 in Canterbury Crown Court and received a total of two years imprisonment on 5 counts contrary to s360((1)(a) and Sched 10 Insolvency Act 1986 (12 months on counts 1, 3 and 4 and 12 months consecutive on counts 6 and 7, as listed on the indictment.

* This case refers to money taken from five customers, for a total of 29,630.

* Mr McLean's prosecution and subsequent sentencing resulted from complaints received by the Official Receiver in Croydon, who then referred the matter to the prosecuting authorities.

* As an undischarged bankrupt, McLean was not entitled to accept deposits as he thereby obtained credit, in breach of S360 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

* The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform helps UK business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of Government-owned assets and it works to secure, clean and competitively priced energy supplies.

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