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Burton salesman found guilty of fraud

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 23, 2014

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A SALESMAN has been found guilty of fraud.

Alan Wilson, 50, of Curzon Street, Burton, was found guilty of two offences, not guilty of three and no evidence was offered by the prosecution on one after a trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

He appeared in court alongside three other men, all worked for Bury St Edmunds company DWS Environmental Ltd and pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud by false representation.

The prosecution alleged that customers were ‘dishonestly induced’ into long-term leases for water coolers with the only way out being the payment of large cancellation fees.

Customers were misled into believing they were signing up for a limited period of between six and 12 months when their commitment to keep paying leasing charges was actually going to be up to six years.

It was also claimed the men altered sales agreements after meetings with customers in order to benefit from higher commission payments.

Wilson has been granted bail until late July to be sentenced.

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