A Sydney builder with a history of carrying out unlicensed contracting, demanding excessive deposits and failing to finish work or provide customers with insurance certificates, has been prosecuted for a second time by NSW Fair Trading.
Sam Robinson, who also goes by the name of Bassam Marouche, was found guilty last month of working as an unlicensed and uninsured building contractor and sentenced to a 12-month intensive corrections order in Parramatta Local Court.
Robinson, 48, was also fined $10,000 and ordered to pay back $19,000 to the customer he ripped off.
He was convicted of similar offences in August last year and signed his latest contract while the matter was still before the courts.
In the previous rort Robinson secured contracts worth $150,000 with three Sydney customers despite neither he, nor his company, holding a contractor’s licence, according to the Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean on Monday.