NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning the public not to deal with Stephen Joseph O’SULLIVAN (dob 20 March 1982) and Mark Kevin LISTON (dob 19 July 1989) who are trading under the unregistered business name Vipertec Pressure Cleaning.
Commissioner Stowe today released photographs of the two Irish tourists, who have been served by Fair Trading with court attendance notices this month after they allegedly contracted to do pressure cleaning and driveway resealing work without an appropriate home building licence.
Mr Stowe said the men allegedly falsely claimed to have approvals from Fair Trading for their work and materials. This is the first report of travellers falsely claiming Fair Trading approvals.
One of the pair was also allegedly in breach of the Australian Consumer Law for negotiating an unsolicited consumer agreement with a consumer without providing proper paperwork and accepting payment within the ten day cooling off period.
Stephen Joseph O’Sullivan and Mark Kevin Liston arrived in Australia on 11 January this year on working tourist visas.
On 15 January, a call was received by the Travelling Conmen Hotline reporting two Irish men who approached a resident in Castle Hill offering a good deal to pressure clean and reseal his driveway.
The men told the resident they had leftover driveway sealant they had to use. This is the typical modus operandi of travelling conmen. The resident reported that the men were also doing work on his neighbour’s property, re-bedding pavers on the driveway and walkway.
They reportedly offered an eight year guarantee on their work. Their business is not registered. They also told the resident that they had insurance, but offered no proof.
The men were driving a Victorian registered white rental van displaying the business name, Vipertec Pressure Cleaning.
The work they were touting for and undertook requires a home building licence for jobs valued at more then $1,000.
Mr O’Sullivan was issued with six court notices in relation to work at two properties, for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law and the NSW Home Building Act. Mr Liston was issued with one notice under the Home Building Act in relation to work at one property.
The men are due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on 8 February 2013.
To report travelling conmen, call the national hotline on 1300 133 408