Former company director fined over threats

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A FORMER building company director has been fined $40,000 after hiring a group of men to threaten clients in Perth’s western suburbs.

Talbot James Le Page was fined $40,000 in the State Administrative Tribunal and was also ordered to pay $2000 in costs.

This was the largest fine to date for proceedings commenced by Building and Energy.

Mr Le Page was declared ineligible to be an officer of a building contractor for a maximum of three years.

The State Administrative Tribunal WA.

The tribunal ordered a cancellation of registration held by Mr Le Page’s business Turquoise Developments Pty Ltd in Mount Hawthorn.

In its decision, the tribunal found that Mr Le Page and Turquoise breached WA’s building registration laws when they engaged in “harsh, unconscionable and oppressive” conduct.

At least five men operating under the name Regal Corporate Solutions repeatedly approached five clients during 2016, the tribunal heard.

The tribunal found the men used intimidating and threatening tactics to demand payment allegedly owed to Turquoise or Mr Le Page for residential building projects in Trigg, City Beach, Mosman Park, Floreat and Claremont.

It was also found that the men displayed similar behaviour when they arrived uninvited at the home of an independent adjudicator overseeing a subcontractor payment dispute involving Mr Le Page.

Building and Energy acting executive director Saj Abdoolakhan said the men’s conduct under Mr Le Page’s authority was deplorable.

“This significant penalty reflects the seriousness of these incidents, which have caused great distress to the clients involved as well as their families and associates,” he said.

“It simply has no place in the Western Australian building sector – or any other industry.

“This outcome sends a clear message that we will take action against building industry participants who act against the public interest and tarnish the integrity of the building sector.”

Mr Le Page was on trial in the District Court accused of procuring Regal Corporate Solutions to collect perceived debts from clients and was found not guilty on December 5.

Turquoise went into liquidation in June 2017 but was reinstated as a company for a disciplinary sanction through a Supreme Court order.

The Building Services Board had already refused to renew Mr Le Page’s personal building contractor and practitioner registrations, finding that he was not a fit and proper person.

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