'Dodgy' family firms preyed on customers
A FATHER and his two sons who exploited customers through "dodgy" double-glazing firms have avoided jail.
David Evans, from Christopher Road, Skewen, and his two sons Julian, of Brynawelon, Llanelli, and Andrew, from Bryn Rhos, Llanelli, admitted five charges under the Fraud Act.
All three were directors or officers of double glazing companies operating from Neath Abbey under the name "E-Glaze".
The companies were Eglaze UK Limited, Eglaze Limited, Fascias Soffits & Guttering Limited, and Fascias Soffits & Guttering England Limited.
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Their actions made them £22,000, Swansea Crown Court heard.
They overcharged customers, used aggressive salesmanship and used logos or trademarks which they were not allowed to.
Judge Paul Thomas said they took advantage of customers to put more money in their pockets.
"People who are likely to fall prey to the sort of dodgy business practices which you three set up will be protected by the courts," said the judge.
He criticised David Evans, 69, saying: "You knew the procedures and the dodgy short cuts."
He said Andrew Evans, 34, had used aggressive techniques and accepted that Julian Evans, 33, did not play a central role.
He said there had been delays in the legal proceedings and that Evans's other son, Lyndon, and Mrs Evans — the wife and mother — who had appeared as co-accused defendants, had died during proceedings. Lyndon died after attempting to take his own life, the court heard.
Andrew and David Evans received 51-week sentences, suspended for two years. Julian Evans was given a six month sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Andrew was also told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, his father 100 hours and his brother 150.
They were all ordered to pay £5,000 each in compensation and were disqualified from being company directors for 10 years.