A CLARKSON tradesman has been fined $20,000 and ordered to pay more than $4500 compensation to two customers he cheated.
Shane Robert Reid, also known as Shannon Fletcher or Shane Fletcher, faced the Armadale Magistrates Court this month.
Reid, formerly of Seville Grove, was trading under the unregistered business name SRR Concreting when he accepted more than $2000 in cheques from a Gosnells resident for home improvement services in November 2013.
He did not carry out work on the agreed date and did not refund any money when the customer cancelled the contract.
In December 2013, he accepted a deposit of $2500 cash to pour liquid limestone at a Thornlie property.
He cancelled the work without refunding the customers.
Acting Consumer Protection commissioner David Hillyard said tradesman must complete work on the agreed date or within a reasonable time.
“A tradesperson is not allowed to accept payment for work, or even part-payment, and then delay the completion of the work indefinitely,” he said.
“Our advice to consumers is to get an agreed date for commencement and completion of the work in writing when the quote is accepted.
“Consumers should limit the amount they pay upfront and only pay a 10 per cent deposit.”