Tradie cops $250k fine

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A GOLD Coast trades­man has been or­dered to pay more than $253,500 in fines and com­pen­sa­tion after charges were laid by the Of­fice of Fair Trad­ing.

Ali Faraj, also known by aliases Ali Mous­sel­mani, Kamil Kassem and Kamil Mous­sel­mani, was fined $60,000 and or­dered to pay $193,500 in com­pen­sa­tion to three cus­tomers.

Be­tween Oc­to­ber 2017 and Fe­bru­ary 2018, Mr Faraj used a fake Queens­land Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion builders li­cense num­ber in ads for his busi­ness. The Gold Coast Mag­is­trates Court also heard Mr Faraj had ac­cepted $204,000 in pay­ment for three jobs which were not com­pleted.

The OFT is­sued a pub­lic warn­ing in May of last year to avoid us­ing Mr Faraj’s ser­vices.

Fair Trad­ing act­ing ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Craig Turner warned con­sumers to be care­ful to use “rep­utable” traders.

“If you see a li­cence num­ber in an ad­ver­tise­ment, con­duct a QBCC li­cence search to en­sure you’re deal­ing with some­one le­git­i­mate,” he said.

“Be vig­i­lant, know your con­sumer rights and do your re­search be­fore hand­ing over large sums of money.”

Mr Faraj was found guilty of one count of mak­ing false rep­re­sen­ta­tions about hold­ing a QBCC builders li­cence and three counts of ac­cept­ing pay­ment and fail­ing to sup­ply goods and ser­vices within a rea­son­able time.

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