Posted by NSW Finance Services & Innovation
on 10 April 2017
NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers not to deal with Sam Robinson, also known as Bassam Marouche, who enters into contracts for residential building work through his companies ATS Group (NSW) Pty Ltd and BMF Building Consultants Pty Ltd.
Mr Robinson and his companies may be seeking to trade without a licence despite him being convicted in 2016 of a number of offences under the Australian Consumer Law (NSW), the Home Building Act 1989, and the Crimes Act 1900.
On 18 August 2016, Mr Robinson was ordered to pay $28,000 in fines and costs by Parramatta Local Court and also ordered to pay compensation of $28,000 to a consumer.
Mr Robinson, on behlaf of the companies he was sole director of, contracted to do residential building work for a number of consumers in the Sydney metropolitan region. In many instances, he carried out defective work, failed to carry out the work, and/or failed to return monies owed.
Neither Mr Robinson nor his companies has ever held a contractor licence.
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, said consumers should only deal with licensed traders for categories of work requiring such authorisation, and should verify licence details at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or by calling NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20.
'Anyone who has had problems in their dealings with Mr Robinson and his companies, or has information about his continued operation, should contact Fair Trading,' Mr Stowe said.
Mr Stowe said investigations are continuing into the activities of these businesses.