Posted by NSW Finance, Services & Innovation
on 16 November 2017
A Sydney man who conned householders into believing he was licensed to build granny flats and carry out domestic renovations has been ordered to pay more than $110,000 in fines, costs and consumer compensation.
Minister for Better Regulations Matt Kean said Samer Kraiki, 41, of Ashbury, was sentenced in Parramatta Local Court this week (November 13) after being convicted of 15 offences under the Home Building Act 1989 and the Australia Consumer Law.
"NSW Fair Trading refused an application by Hraiki, trading as Valdecon Group Builders & Developers, for a contractor's licence but he lied to prospective customers by pretending he had a licnece - even printing up business cards displaying fake licence details,"Mr Kean said.
"Unfortunately, three consumers were duped and signed contracts for him to carry out building work valued at more than $250,00. These projects included granny flats in Fairfiled West and Green Valley, and a bathroom renovation in Russel Lea.
"Not only did he trick the consumers into believing he had the right credentials, he failed to provide Home Warranty Insurance, which is mandatory in NSW for all building work valued at more than $20,000.
"In addition to the money they've already paid to Hraiki, these consumers have had to shell out a further combined total of $56,000 just to rectify his shoddy work.
"Unbelievably, when he committed these offences, Hraiki was on parole for investment fraud. Hopefully he's finally got the message that the law will always catch up with him because we will always put consumers first,"Mr Kean said.
Hraiki was fined $32,500 and ordered to pay more than $56,000 in consumer compensation.
He was also ordered to pay costs of $24,000. He has 28 days to appeal the severity of his sentence.