Cowboy builder ordered to pay victims £140,000

Grant Prior 13 years ago

A rogue builder has been ordered to pay £140,000 to his victims or face another two years in prison.

Darryl Sylvester Glynn, 46, previously of Carr Street, Selby, North Yorkshire, was sentenced to four and a half years in February 2010 following a successful prosecution by  North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards.

Glynn admitted at a court hearing this week to benefiting from crime by £140,000 and also to having hidden assets worth this amount.

As a result, he was ordered by the court to pay £140,000 within six months. Should he fail to do so, he will serve two years three months imprisonment by way of default.

The victims of Glynn’s scams will be compensated from any monies paid to satisfy the order.

Trading standards investigated his businesses Selby Ltd and Acorn Construction and Roofing Services following complaints from consumers.

His modus operandi was to contract with consumers in relation to building and roofing work, to demand large amounts of cash repeatedly for materials in advance and then to fail to carry out work.

The work he did carry out was poor and had to be rectified by householders. Glynn’s customers also faced aggressive behaviour when they challenged him about the quality of his work, his lack of work and his demands for further money.

Glynn’s work was examined by an expert appointed by North Yorkshire Trading Standards, who described it as ranging from incompetent to dangerous.

Glynn’s victims included one householder who originally agreed to roofing work to the value of £17,500.

The customer eventually handed over £21,000 to Glynn following demands. In addition, due to Glynn’s incompetence, a large amount of water damage was caused to the interior of the house, estimated at over £30,000.

Cllr Chris Metcalfe, the County Council’s executive member for trading standards and planning services, said:
”The Proceeds of Crime Act is designed to ensure crime does not pay. This is another good example of our commitment to using the Act to ensure this is the case for those who defraud our residents in this way.

“Such behaviour is wholly unacceptable and we will make effective use of all tools available to us to protect the residents of North Yorkshire from such individuals. This case should serve as a warning to others who may be contemplating such criminal behaviour.”

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