Joiner avoids prison sentence for £66k fraud
A joiner who defrauded tens of thousands of pounds from unsuspecting customers by failing to complete work has narrowly avoided jail.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Lawrence Kettles from Angus firm JWK Joinery scammed one man out of £27,500 over a bathroom which never appeared, while another customer paid more than £33,000 for a kitchen he had already returned.
Mr Kettles also managed to pocket another £5,900 after promising to fit a boiler at a Dundee flat.
The joiner admitted defrauding the three customers at a previous hearing.
Sheriff Alistair Carmichael sentenced Mr Kettles to 210 hours of unpaid work, reduced from 280 due to his guilty pleas.