A rogue plumber was jailed after cheating customers out of thousands of pounds.
Damon Owens, 34, has cheated on people with multiple fake identities, including ‘Lee King’.
He also compiled a number of fake businesses that he had advertised in Cardiff, Bristol and South Wales.
Damon Owens was jailed for ten months (Image: Wales News)
Owens cheated on Sam Hulland after quitting a job for an incomplete addition to his home and pocketing £ 16,875 bail.
Mr Hulland and his family had a huge hole in their yard and had to hire other contractors to complete the renovation, which cost £ 40,000.
Owens wrote fake reviews online praising his bogus companies, including Cardiff Construction, Scarlets Electrical, Emergency Installers Bristol, UK Emergency Plumber, and Drain Repair UK.
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Owens left Sam Hulland’s home in Rumney, Cardiff, unfinished and damaged (Image: Media Wales)
The house was abandoned in disrepair (Image: Media Wales)
Owens couldn’t pay any of the money he took (Image: Media Wales)
Prosecutor Ieuan Bennett said, “He was using a false name because he had previous beliefs and was trying to reduce the prospect of advertising.”
Judge Phillip Harris-Jenkins adjourned the case in February. Owen’s military record was checked after telling a client that he was shot in the back of the head while serving with the Royal Marines.
The judge said he couldn’t trust the word of a convicted fraudster.
Records since then have shown that he has not seen “active duty” as a soldier in the Royal Welsh.
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Mr Hulland had to spend an additional £ 40,000 to have his house repaired (Image: Media Wales)
Another picture from the damaged house (Image: Media Wales)
Owens, of Caerphilly, South Wales, admitted 13 fraudulent practices in Cardiff Crown Court.
Judge Michael Fitton QC detained him for ten months and opted for an immediate jail sentence rather than a suspended sentence for lying about the shooting.
Prosecutors ordered Owens to pay a total of £ 25,000 in costs and compensation, but the court was told he had “no funds”.
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