Posted by NSW Finance, Services & Innovation
on 10 November 2017
A man who has repeatedly fleeced NSW consumers through dodgy home building deals worth more than $200,000 has been succesfully prosecuted for a second time by NSW Fair Trading.
Sam Robinson (aka Bassam Maroucher), 48, was first convicted in August 2016 of several offences under the Australian Consumer Law (NSW) and the Hoem Building Act 1989. As part of that prosecution, he was also convicted of a Crimes Act 1900 offence in August this year.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said Robinson entered into contracts worth over $150,000 on behalf of his Bass Hill company ATS Group NSW Pty Ltd, with three Sydney Consumers - even though neither he nor his company held a contractor licence.
"Robinson carried out unlicensed contracting; demanded excessive deposits; failed to provide a certificate of insurance; failed to supply materials that were paid for; and, failed to finish the work" he said.
"I'm putting consumers first and want to ensure they're protected from shonks like this who are just out to make a quick buck by hoodwinking thier customers".
Mr Kean said Robinson was sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Correction Order for these offences, which includes 32 hours of community service each month and weekly parole reporting. He was also ordered to pay $38,000 in fines, and $28,000 in consumer compensation.
"Incredibly, while this prosecution was still before the courts, and when Robinson was claiming to be too ill to attend hearings, he entered into a $62,000 contract with yet another consumer and started work at that property under his second Bass Hill Buisness, BMF Building Consultants."
"He still didnt have a licence, nor did he have proper insurance. So Fair Trading took Robinson to court again and secured a second conviction against him for three additional offences under the Home Building Act.
"He was sentenced to another 12-month Intensive Correction Order, in Parramatta Local Court, which mean's hell be doing unpaid community service for a total of two years. He as also fined $10,000, and ordered to pay back about $19,000 to the consumer he ripped off.
"I hope Robinson has finally got the message that we are putting consumers first, and will take swift action against dodgy operators across this state."
Robinson has until 24 November 2017 to lodge an appeal.