TWO rogue traders from Hartlepool ended up in court after they charged customers for work they never did and became threatening when victims refused to pay.
Trading Standards said work carried out by John Baldwin, 59, and Alan Clish, 42, across Teesside was so poor it was almost worthless.
Stockton Borough Council investigated in December 2011 after a complaint from a 67-year-old Thornaby woman who had been charged £600 for non-existent repairs to a window bay top.
Several of her neighbours also came forward with complaints.
Baldwin, trading as Imperial Roofline, employed Clish, who traded as Roof-A-Fix, during work at properties in Billingham, Stockton and Thornaby between August 2010 and June 2012.
Baldwin, of Flint Walk, Hartlepool, admitted four offences under the Fraud Act and another five under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations of 2008.
He was given 10 months’ jail suspended for 12 months and 200 hours community work, at Teesside Crown Court. He was also ordered to pay full compensation of £3,033 and £2,500 costs.
Clish, of Ashfield Caravan Park, Dalton Piercy, admitted three Fraud Act offences and two under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations of 2008.
He was given 12 months’ prison suspended for eight months with 150 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £1,057 compensation.