Builder faces £71,000 fraud charges for work not completed or started across Northamptonshire

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An alleged fraudster is accused of taking at least £71,000 in payments for work on houses which he never completed or, in some cases, started, a court has heard.

Alan Fitzgerald faces 42 charges of fraud by false representation, relating to incidents across Northamptonshire between 2011 and 2013.

In the majority of cases, he is accused of taking payment for unfinished work on garages, windows, porches, roofs and gutters, and also overcharging people for work which was not completed.

Fitzgerald, the director of Fitz Multi Trade Builders, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, in relation to 22 charges.

Most of the alleged offences took place in Northampton, with others in Harpole, East Haddon, Finedon, Raunds and Burton Latimer.

In one instance, he is accused of charging a homeowner £38,950 for work which was never completed, and should have cost no more than £8,125.

The total he is accused of making is at least £71,150.

The 47-year-old, of Grange Road, Stanwick, previously appeared at Northampton Crown Court in October, where he pleaded not guilty to another 20 counts of fraud by false representation. These charges included alleged offences in Northampton, Brackley and Earls Barton.

Speaking at Monday’s hearing, Cameron Crowe, prosecuting, said: “He would be looking, if convicted, at a lengthy sentence of imprisonment.”

Fitzgerald also faces charges of participating in a fraudulent business, engaging in an aggressive commercial practice and running a business for a fraudulent purpose.

There was no application for bail and Fitzgerald was remanded into custody, ahead of a plea and case management hearing at Northampton Crown Court later this month.

A six-week trial slot has already been provisionally booked for May 19 next year.