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Strong penalty for builder who left clients "high and dry"

26 October 2017

An unlicensed builder who took more than $60,000 in deposit payments from clients for work that was never started and his business have been fined $70,000 and ordered to pay compensation in excess of $80,000 for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law and the Building Work Contractor's Act.

In addition to the penalties, 56 year old Michael Carl Butson of Smoky Bay has also been disqualified from managing a corporation for eight years, after he and his business Morgan Retaining Walls, admitted to accepting payment for goods and services that were not supplied, and accepting unauthorised payments.