Roofer who gambled away customer deposits without doing work fined £10,000

Leon Mann, from Lincolnshire, took 50 per cent upfront deposits – including from a cancer patient – and then spent the money on online gambling sites

A general view of Lincoln Crown Court, Lincoln
Leon Mann was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court today

A roofer has been fined £10,000 for feeding his gambling habits with customer deposits without doing the job promised.

Leon Mann, from Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, was also given a 16-month suspended sentence. LincolnshireLive reports.

After a nine-month investigation by Lincolnshire Trading Standards, he admitted to 12 offences.

The agency received a number of complaints about Mann and his company, Gainsborough Roofing.

The dealer was found to be taking 50 per cent deposits of between £500 and £2,750 upfront without carrying out any work.

He would claim the money was for materials and to secure start dates, but then he would spend the dosh on online gambling sites.

When clients asked about uncompleted work, Mann made numerous excuses, such as family illness, inclement weather, vehicle problems and Covid.

Leon Mann is from Pilgrims Way, Gainsborough in Lincolnshire

According to Trading Standards, some victims said they initially found Mann charming, but he became aggressive and intimidating after they had to pursue him to work. In one case, a man paid more than £2,000 from a family to fix a leaking roof but failed to do the work later.

At the time, one of the residents of the property was undergoing cancer treatment.

Mann was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court today.

He was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years; ordered to pay compensation totaling £9,410 within six months, and; ordered to pay £2,500 to the Attorney General within 12 months.

Tara Carter, Senior Trading Standards Officer at Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said: “I am pleased that the judge recognized the seriousness of Mr Mann’s crimes and the impact he had on his victims, and most of them will be hers Getting money back. ”

“At the time of the offences, from December 2019 to May 2021, Leon Mann was trading as Gainsborough Roofing. And as of December 2020, he was aware he was under investigation but continued to take victims’ money, either with no intention of doing any work or with substandard work.”

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