Kent kitchen fitter who did not deliver jailed
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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
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."
* 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
* 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
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-08-07 13:36:55 in Business Articles