Nottinghamshire UK Mobility Plus bosses warned by judge

John Cooney and Carl Mould In 2010 trading standards received 120 complaints about the company from across England

Related Stories

Two businessmen, who took money for mobility aids they never delivered have been given an adjourned sentence.

At Nottingham Magistrates' Court, John Cooney, 37 and Carl Mould, 46, both of Nottinghamshire, admitted breaching an order under the Enterprise Act.

Cooney and Mould, who ran UK Mobility Plus, took deposits of up to £2,100 from people aged 65 and over.

Judge Inglis said if they traded unlawfully before December 2014 they would be jailed.

He told them that they should not take part in activities to sell goods and services to the elderly and vulnerable, adding both men were "unfit" to do so.

In 2010 Nottinghamshire County Council trading standards received 120 complaints about the company from across England.

During that 12 months, Cooney, of Water Lane, Radcliffe-on-Trent, and Mould, of River Crescent, Nottingham, twice signed agreements to operate within the law - but complaints continued.

'Long, hard slog'

UK Mobility Plus closed in January 2011 but trading standards officers traced Cooney and Mould to separate new businesses.

Cooney admitted 36 breaches of the court order, relating to five UK Mobility Plus customers, while Mould pleaded guilty to 12 breaches of the order, relating to four customers, at a county court hearing at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

Breaches of the undertakings to trade lawfully given by the company included failing to handle requests for refunds properly.

One tactic used by Mould was to ring the office from a customer's home, saying he was getting authorisation for a discount. Judge Inglis described this as a "cynical ploy" and "preposterous".

Nicola Schofield, trading standards manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "Trading standards will continue to monitor them very closely and will have no hesitation in getting them back before the courts if they slip back into old habits.

"This case should serve as a warning that trading standards will relentlessly pursue anyone who is prepared to target the elderly and vulnerable.

"Trading standards investigations in this case have stretched across the country and it has been a long, hard slog, but we are delighted that it has now reached a successful conclusion."

More on This Story

Related Stories

From other news sites

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Nottingham

Weather

Nottingham

Min. Night 7 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Martin Gardner as a young manThink hard

    Was this man the world's greatest puzzle master?


  • Carved pumpkinTrick or treat

    What did a riot at a pumpkin festival show about race in US?


  • A woman puts on a surgical mask during hospital Ebola training in Alabama.'Dark continent'

    Is prejudice fuelling Ebola outbreak hysteria in the US?


  • Oscar de la Renta and Oprah WinfreyIn pictures

    The life and work of Oscar de la Renta


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • FutureThe future is now

    Get the latest updates and biggest ideas from BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit

Programmes

  • Smart glassesClick Watch

    Smart spectacles go into battle – the prototypes looking to take on Google Glass

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.