A businessman from Pimpama has been ordered to pay more than $116,000 in compensation for allegedly ripping off innocent customers.
Christopher David James Dunster, who operated Queensland Shed Markets, is accused of taking deposits for sheds and failing to deliver a number of them.
He pleaded guilty in Beenleigh Magistrates Court to 10 counts of breaching the Australian Consumer Law by failing to supply goods and services within a reasonable time.
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“The court heard that between September 2017 and June 2018, Mr Dunster took orders and substantial deposits from consumers who wanted sheds supplied to, or supplied and constructed at, their properties,” The Office of Fair Trading said in a statement on Monday.
“Some of these consumers received part of their orders, such as a concrete slab or the shed frame, but for four consumers, Mr Dunster failed to supply any of the goods or services.”
Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said dishonest behaviour would not be tolerated.
“I hope that today’s outcome delivers a strong message to traders who might be considering doing the wrong thing by consumers,” Mr Bauer said.
“Over the years, OFT has received many complaints about shed suppliers and we encourage consumers to do their homework before ordering.”
Mr Dunster was placed on probation for two years, while a conviction was also recorded.