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FIX-UP: Fake ‘architect’ who scammed victims through fraudulent building firm sentenced

 Published on: 7th February 2022   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A fraudster who was part of a scheme that scammed a Northwood couple out of £13k, as well as tens of others across the country, has received a suspended sentence.

David Gogo, a 29-year-old masters student, was acquitted of the charge of conspiracy to defraud, but was convicted of fraud by false representation, earning himself a 14-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

He also received an order to complete 160 hours’ worth of community service.

Gogo worked with 62-year-old Brian Sutton and Scott Baker, aged 50, who scammed 61 different households across the country out of a total of £800k with their fraudulent building firm Contemporary Home Improvements Ltd.

Sutton and Baker received 7 years and 4 years imprisonment respectively for their part in masterminding the scheme, where they passed off work done by others to convince homeowners to hand over large deposits. However, the company had no intention to carry out any work. 

One set of victims was Northwood resident Jan Wright and his wife Diana, who paid £13,000 to have their kitchen extended and then turn the existing kitchen into a living room. Unfortunately, nothing came of it in the end.

Gogo’s part in the scam was to visit victim’s houses passing himself off as card-carrying member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. But was reported in court that despite his supposed expertise, he didn’t even know how to use a tape measure.

Picture credit Cassianto

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