chimney sweeps planted dead birds and vintage nests in customers’ flues in a ploy to price them for his or her elimination, a court docket used to be told.
The pair are also accused of “grossly overcharging” their consumers, selling them pointless chimney cowls and leaving paintings uncompleted.
Martin Value, 59, and son Luke Value, 33, are stated to have advised shoppers they had to fit the cowls to stop birds nesting above their fireplaces, the usage of the nests and deceased chicken as justification.
Luke Price wearing a black zip-up jacket, and his father, wearing a depressing grey overcoat, appeared at City of London Magistrates’ Court Docket.
The son, of Ashford, Middlesex, and his father, of Addlestone, Surrey, are both charged with conspiring to defraud consumers who booked chimney sweeping products and services between ELEVEN July 2017 and 30 April 2019.
Pair charged with ‘conspiracy to defraud’
They have been faced over the alleged scam by means of the Rogue Traders segment of the BBC’s Watchdog programme.
Both men have been released on unconditional bail to seem at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on December SIXTEEN.
The charge against Luke Price alleges that he “conspired together with Martin Worth to defraud folks who had booked chimney sweeping products and services, via behavior including charging for the elimination of lifeless birds and birds’ nests that had been planted in the chimneys at their homes”.
Luke Value, of Village Manner, Ashford, faces two fees of assisting and abetting fraudulent buying and selling. He also faces a fee of collaborating in fraudulent industry carried on by means of a sole trader.
Martin Worth, of Hare Hill, Addlestone, may be charged with fraud by way of fake representation. He could also be accused of fraud by way of fake representation in admire of a BBC actress on March 21 2019, concerning further dead birds and nests used to justify the set up of cowls.