NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe has warned consumers not to deal with Hunter-based tradesman Luke Vincent Rigby.
Mr Stowe said Fair Trading was concerned Mr Rigby, who trades under the unregistered business name, Decorative Perfection Concreting, may be seeking to trade without a licence despite him and his associated companies being convicted in 2015 of a number of offences under the Australian Consumer Law and Home Building Act 1989.
“Mr Rigby is still under investigation by Fair Trading,” Mr Stowe said.
Mr Rigby and two companies of which he was a sole director, Mastercrete Concrete Constructions Pty Ltd and Miami Pools Newcastle Pty Limited, were collectively ordered to pay $16,598 fines and costs by Newcastle Local Court on April 24, 2015. Compensation of $4,500 was awarded to one consumer.
Mr Rigby and his companies had been contracted to do various pool and concreting work for a number of consumers in the Hunter Valley region but had failed to carry out the work and/or return monies owed.
Mr Rigby was also issued with four penalty infringement notices worth $4000 for Home Building Act breaches. Three were issued in 2011 and one in 2012. Mr Rigby’s contractor licence for general concreting was cancelled by Fair Trading on 23 April 2015.
Mastercrete’s contractor licence in general concreting was suspended on January 20, 2014 for unpaid Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal orders. Mastercrete Concrete Constructions Pty Ltd is now de-registered.
Fair Trading said Mr Rigby had a history of threatening consumers who complain about the quality of his work.
He was convicted and fined $1000 at Belmont Local Court on March 12, 2014 for using a telecommunications device to threaten and intimidate a consumer who had asked him to finish a job.
Mr Stowe said consumers should only deal with licensed traders for categories of work requiring such authorisation and should verify licence details.