Shoddy work of fraudster builder pair EXPOSED in new photos

The shoddy work done by crook builders James Stanton and Thomas Shea who were sentenced at Truro Crown Court following successful prosecution by Cornwall Council's Trading Standards
-Credit: (Image: Cornwall Council / Trading Standards)


Officials have have released pictures showing the shoddy work of two fraudster builders who cheated customers out of more than £30,000. Thomas Shea entered guilty pleas to four fraud offences while James Stanton entered guilty pleas to three fraud offences. These related to their participation in a fraudulent business, along with making false statements to consumers.

Last week, during a sentencing at Truro Crown Court, it was heard how between September 2021 and March 2023, both Stanton and Shea traded under the name JS Masonry, taking money to carry out building work to holiday home properties for four different customers. In the cases where work was done, it was completed to a poor standard and was not rectified when customers complained. Other works were not started at all, despite large deposits being paid.

At around the same time the pair, who were labelled in court as "sick and twisted", ordered building products they didn’t pay for and took money from customers for specific materials that were never ordered, pocketing the money. In total, the actions of these men cost their customers in the region of £30,000.

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Shea also admitted participation in two further fraudulent businesses – LD Masonry and County Walling South West. Again, he admitted to failing to carry out agreed works for which he took payment for and never refunded. The two men were sentenced following a successful prosecution by Cornwall Council's trading Standards.

Stanton, of Doubletrees Court, Par, received an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, and 100 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £9,224 compensation to the owners of holiday lodges and £2,585 to another customer.

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The shoddy work done by crook builders James Stanton and Thomas Shea who were sentenced at Truro Crown Court following successful prosecution by Cornwall Council's Trading Standards
The shoddy work done by crook builders James Stanton and Thomas Shea who were sentenced at Truro Crown Court following successful prosecution by Cornwall Council's Trading Standards -Credit:Cornwall Council / Trading Standards

Shea, of Bodiner Lane, Penzance, was given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, and 100 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £9,224 compensation to the owners of holiday lodges, £7,750 to Perranarworthal Cricket Club and £5,932 to another customer.

As it released photos of their shoddy work, Councillor Martyn Alvey, portfolio holder for environment and climate change at Cornwall Council, said: “This is yet another example of individuals purporting to be legitimate builders and taking advantage of customers by agreeing large upfront deposits for work that they have no intention to complete.

The shoddy work done by crook builders James Stanton and Thomas Shea who were sentenced at Truro Crown Court following successful prosecution by Cornwall Council's Trading Standards
The shoddy work done by crook builders James Stanton and Thomas Shea who were sentenced at Truro Crown Court following successful prosecution by Cornwall Council's Trading Standards -Credit:Cornwall Council / Trading Standards

“I'd like to thank our Trading Standards team which continues to receive a high number of these types of complaint. I would urge those looking to employ traders to do plenty of research and seek references. I would always recommend using a Trading Standards approved business from the Buy With Confidence Scheme.”

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