The great kitchen robbery! £60K bill and prison sentence for fraudster who swindled £130k savings from homeowners wanting their dream kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchen Roberry

A fraudster made a fortune marketing kitchens and bathrooms he had no intention of providing has been ordered to pay almost £60K. He bullied victims when they became suspicious.

A con artist who cooked up a scam to rob thousands of pounds from supermarket shoppers who wanted their dream kitchens or bathrooms has been ordered to pay a massive £59,354.00 penalty after a massive Trading Standards investigation. His punishment also includes a 98 week prison sentence and 150 hours of community service.

Adahm Sheikh, who operated under “Amazing Kitchens” and “Home Improvement World”, raked in more than £130,000 after touting for business in the foyers at Tesco stores including Harrow and Watford. The heat was on for the 50 year old scammer from Luton as he failed to deliver their kitchens and bathrooms. His excuses as to why little or no work was carried out included a warehouse flood, being hit on the head with a cricket ball and a blood clot.

His criminal venture didn’t just stop there, Sheikh went to extreme lengths to make his business sound reputable by faking customer testimonies. When his customers grew more and more suspicious, he began to threaten them.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, cabinet member for environment said:

“This fraudster fleeced his victims and left them without an amazing kitchen or bathroom. He tried every trick in the book to deceive his customers and despicably had the audacity to intimidate and threaten them when they began to question him. He even stooped so low as to fake reviews for his business.

“Thanks to joint work from our Trading Standards officers and the national Trading Standards officers, Sheikh’s criminal venture has come to an end. This is what we do to rogue traders - we make sure they pay for their crime.”

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards with the National Trading investigated more than 40 complaints across South East London. At Harrow Crown Court he was sentenced to a 98 week prison sentence, suspended for 2 years. He has been ordered to do 150 hours community service, pay Brent & Harrow Trading Standards costs of £59,354 and a statutory charge of £100.

Sheikh offered to take steps to refund £76,000 to customers following pleading guilty to the offences.

Simon Legg, Senior Service Manager at Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service said:

“Mr Sheikh’s business activities have caused immense stress and heartache for all his victims. Many had paid large sums of money expecting their dream, fitted kitchen and instead, have received nothing but a string of excuses and disappointment. Some still do not have new kitchens and now don’t have enough money to pay for a replacement.”

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Lord Toby Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards, said:

“Mr Sheikh deliberately defrauded customers out of thousands of pounds and then used intimidating scare tactics to threaten them when they quite rightly complained. His actions were reprehensible and I am pleased that he is now facing the justice he so richly deserves.

“National Trading Standards will not hesitate to bring to justice those who defraud consumers. People who suspect they may have fallen victim to similar crimes should report it to trading standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.”

Andrew Clooney, Chair of the NTS Tri Regional Investigation Team said:

“I am pleased that working in partnership with Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, we have been able to bring Mr Sheikh to justice. We are hopeful that this result will help send out a clear message that such behaviour will not be tolerated.”

 

Kitchen Robbery