A 38-year-old conman has been sentenced to six years in prison after failing to complete work he had taken deposits for undertaking. NAPIT provided key information to help bring him to justice.

Sacha Dixey of 2 Mayfield Close, Bognor Regis, charged his clients up to £17,000 to install energy efficient heating systems, and took deposits of around £3,500, but never followed through with the work he had promised to carry out.

Mr Dixey had formerly been unsuccessful in his bid to achieve NAPIT membership. So, when West Sussex County Council Trading Standards began investigating him for his fraudulent business activities, NAPIT was quick to lend its support.

The director of Future Homes Energy Ltd, and Nationwide Home Renewables Ltd, pleaded guilty to 31 counts under the Fraud Act, Companies Act, and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, before being sentenced to six years behind bars.

NAPIT - www.napit.org.uk - said it will continue to work with local authorities and Trading Standards wherever possible to help secure a safer fairer future for the building services sector.