A rogue trader who tricked customers into believing he was a member of the builders’ federation has been fined £635.

Matthew Cohen, of Downsview, Small Dole, near Henfield, appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court, where he was sentenced for a number of unfair trading offences.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £300.

The court was told that the 46-year-old admitted being a trader engaged in unfair commercial practice.

In 2010 and 2011 in Worthing he claimed that his firm had been approved by the Federation of Master Builders when it had not.

He admitted “being a trader knowingly or recklessly engaged in a commercial practice which contravened the requirements of professional diligence”.

He also admitted failing to advise a woman in East Sussex of her right to cancel a contract.

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