THE DIRECTOR of a St Leonards-based car hire company has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after delays in returning deposits left customers out of pocket.
Michael Goodwin, 41, of Main Street, Beckley, pleaded guilty to breaching the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and was sentenced to a high level 12-month community order when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court.
SCAMMERS attempting to con East Sussex residents out of hundreds of thousands of pounds have been thwarted by trading standards officers.
Figures revealed at a Sussex and Surrey scams event last week shows that the 118 call blockers installed by East Sussex Trading Standards since 2014 had prevented residents losing more than £500,000. Continue reading
A BOGUS motor parts trader from Hailsham has been ordered to pay back more than £100,000 of his ill-gotten gains.
Istvan Lorincz used his criminal activity to fund overseas trips, a flat in Budapest, a car and more than £30,000 in bank transactions made to ‘my darling wife’. Continue reading
PEOPLE in East Sussex are being urged to be ‘fraud aware’ and help bring scammers to justice, during an awareness-raising week.
In the last six months, scores of scam reports were received in the county, but with only an estimated five per cent of incidents reported, that’s likely to be just the tip of the iceberg. Continue reading