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Rogue call centre boss jailed for three years

A three year prison sentence handed out to a rogue call centre boss in Swansea has been welcomed by Trading Standards in Swansea.

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Clive Davies had already admitted four counts of running a fraudulent business and another of managing a company whilst he was disqualified as a director when he appeared for sentencing yesterday (Thursday).

The offences related to a business called Green Streak Energy Ltd which he ran from offices in Princess House on Princess Way in Swansea.

Swansea Council's Trading Standards department started an investigation into the company after receiving complaints from the public.

People said they were contacted by representatives of Green Streak and told for an upfront payment the company would save them money on their utility bills.

In most cases little or no work was carried out once they had paid, and on some occasions payments were taken twice.

One complainant described how she was contacted by Green Streak and told that they could save her £150 on her water bill and secure her with a new boiler and outside insulation.

She was told she would need to pay just £1 upfront for a surveyor to attend her house but £298.99 was taken from her account. Eventually her bank was able to refund her.

Davies, aged 43, of Bryntirion Hill in Bridgend, was at the time the subject of a suspended prison sentence for similar previous offences committed while he was the director of a company called Residential Redress Ltd based in Wind Street. That prosecution was also brought by Swansea Trading Standards.

Mark Thomas, Swansea Council Cabinet Member for Environment Services, said: "A number of complainants contacted us after paying the company a fee to allegedly claim compensation against overpaid energy bills.

"The company clearly was in no position to make these promises and it resulted in many vulnerable customers paying out large sums of money under false pretences.

"What makes this case even more serious was this was not the first time we had taken action against Mr Davies to try to stop his unscrupulous activities.

"People like Mr Davies prey on vulnerable and often elderly people in a bid to con them out of large sums of money. We are doing everything we can to make sure these companies cease to operate."


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