Man in court charged with building work fraud on Chester residents

Published date: 18 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN has appeared in court charged with fraudulently charging homeowners more than £23,000 for building work while on licence from prison.

Christopher Mark Heron, 24, of Horsham, Sussex, is alleged to have vastly overcharged two Chester residents thousands of pounds for building work carried out on two separate occasions between September 9 and October 18.

Heron, who appeared via videolink at West Cheshire Magistrates Court, Chester, yesterday morning, pleaded not guilty to all charges of fraud by false representation also faces a third fraud charge relating to an homeowner in Chessington, London, for £95,000 worth of building work.

Ian Moore, prosecuting, told magistrates that Heron had charged one person almost £9,500 for building work, when the actual value of the work undertaken was £1,100, while the second alleged fraud, for £14,000, was charged for building work with the actual value of £5,800.

With regards to the third charge, Heron was said to have fraudulently obtained £56,000 from the homeowner for the work, with the person having been paying the defendant in installments, bringing the total amount of the alleged fraud to more than £80,000.

Heron, was refused bail and was remanded in custody and will appear at Chester Crown Court on January 2 for a preliminary hearing.

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