Cowboy builder Danny Shea jailed for five years

The £2 million cowboy builder jailed for five years

Danny Shea

The house before Danny Shea began work

The house after Danny Shea began work on it

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A cowboy builder who conned home-owners out of more than £2 million by failing to complete work on their properties, including leaving one a roofless shell, has been jailed for five and a half years.

Danny Shea, of Royal Drive, Bordon, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to nine fraud charges and one of fraudulent trading.

The offences involved homes in the Thursley, Chiddingfold, Tadworth and Chertsey areas of Surrey and Farnborough, Bordon and Grayshott in Hampshire, between 2007 and 2010.

The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (Serocu), which investigated Shea, found that the 48-year-old had carried out renovations and rebuilding worth £2.1 million which was not completed.

Victims Martin Wells and his wife lost about £150,000 in payments to Shea, whom they employed to renovate their bungalow in Grayshott.

Daily Echo: The house before Danny Shea began workThe property before work began

Mr Wells said Shea removed the roof of the property, leaving it an uninhabitable shell, but never completed the work. The couple were left living in a caravan in their garden through two winters.

Mr Wells told the BBC: ''As the weeks went by, there was not much work being done, no materials were arriving on site. I would be on the phone to Shea every day, sometimes several times a day. 'When is the timber arriving? When are the bricks arriving?' He would always have a very plausible excuse.

''We were stuck in the caravan with a house with no roof on it. We were stupid to the extent that we gave him money. We probably lost £150,000 but we got to a stage where we had to believe this was going to happen.''

Detective Sergeant Ian Ball said: ''For three years Shea systematically defrauded customers who engaged him to carry out building work. He claimed to be going to carry out work to a proper standard and finish the respective jobs.

''In fact he had no intention of doing either. After an original down-payment, he would obtain further money, again with no intention of doing the work properly or sometimes at all.

Daily Echo: The house after Danny Shea began work on itThe house later on

''He would provide an initial quote, followed by a request for money upfront for labour and materials. He would provide references from customers satisfied with early work on their projects and suggested extra work which could be carried out.

''Further requests for payment would be made but work would slow and stop. There would be re-negotiation but by then the victims were sucked in and just wanted to have the work finished so would agree to the new demands and even pay suppliers direct for materials.

''Shea would meanwhile make token efforts at work just to keep them on the hook. Then he would disappear, leaving unfinished and sub-standard work. The cost of remedial work sometimes ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

''However, working with partners in many agencies and with the CPS, we were able to support the victims and get the evidence that finally enabled us to bring Shea to justice. after an investigation that has now spanned three years.''

The fraudulent trading related to theft of plant and construction machinery and motor vehicles, which had been unlawfully sold. Equipment worth more than £121,000 is still unaccounted for.

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5:08pm Thu 1 May 14

Linesman says...

How do you hide £2,000,000?

Spirited away some place, and he has to endure 5 years of Bed, Breakfast and Evening meals as Her Majesty's pleasure.

Nice work if you can get it!
How do you hide £2,000,000? Spirited away some place, and he has to endure 5 years of Bed, Breakfast and Evening meals as Her Majesty's pleasure. Nice work if you can get it! Linesman
  • Score: 6

5:08pm Thu 1 May 14

Linesman says...

How do you hide £2,000,000?

Spirited away some place, and he has to endure 5 years of Bed, Breakfast and Evening meals as Her Majesty's pleasure.

Nice work if you can get it!
How do you hide £2,000,000? Spirited away some place, and he has to endure 5 years of Bed, Breakfast and Evening meals as Her Majesty's pleasure. Nice work if you can get it! Linesman
  • Score: 2

5:16pm Thu 1 May 14

at_123 says...

Should have got some Polish lads in - they would have had that house sorted in no time
Should have got some Polish lads in - they would have had that house sorted in no time at_123
  • Score: 3

5:29pm Thu 1 May 14

__KTF__ says...

Jailed for 5 and a half means he will probably be out in under 3 at the very most.
Jailed for 5 and a half means he will probably be out in under 3 at the very most. __KTF__
  • Score: 2

5:30pm Thu 1 May 14

mickey01 says...

Linesman wrote:
How do you hide £2,000,000?

Spirited away some place, and he has to endure 5 years of Bed, Breakfast and Evening meals as Her Majesty's pleasure.

Nice work if you can get it!
i should think his family would know where it is , if not then sell the home and cars etc to repay some of the money
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: How do you hide £2,000,000? Spirited away some place, and he has to endure 5 years of Bed, Breakfast and Evening meals as Her Majesty's pleasure. Nice work if you can get it![/p][/quote]i should think his family would know where it is , if not then sell the home and cars etc to repay some of the money mickey01
  • Score: 8

7:14pm Thu 1 May 14

Brock_and_Roll says...

Interesting article from 2009.....assuming it is the same guy (and unlikely to be 2 Danny Sheas in Borden, then apparently he owns 3 houses in the village!

http://goo.gl/WIOEXE


There are further very serious (but not proven) allegation involving firearms offences, 11 arson attacks and intimidation of local residents relating to a planning application.

http://greatham-hant
s.weebly.com/uploads
/1/4/0/3/14031310/20
12_10-01-_minutes_dr
aft.doc
Interesting article from 2009.....assuming it is the same guy (and unlikely to be 2 Danny Sheas in Borden, then apparently he owns 3 houses in the village! http://goo.gl/WIOEXE There are further very serious (but not proven) allegation involving firearms offences, 11 arson attacks and intimidation of local residents relating to a planning application. http://greatham-hant s.weebly.com/uploads /1/4/0/3/14031310/20 12_10-01-_minutes_dr aft.doc Brock_and_Roll
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Thu 1 May 14

Brock_and_Roll says...

Oh gawd there's more - this guy is the king of the rogue traders:

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
1101903/Village-lane
-turns-battleground-
landowner-clamps-nei
ghbours-cars-turf-wa
r.html

http://www.tuckersso
licitors.com/case/hs
e-v-dan-shea/
Oh gawd there's more - this guy is the king of the rogue traders: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 1101903/Village-lane -turns-battleground- landowner-clamps-nei ghbours-cars-turf-wa r.html http://www.tuckersso licitors.com/case/hs e-v-dan-shea/ Brock_and_Roll
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Thu 1 May 14

NF3589 says...

Danny Shea does/did own 3 properties in Bordon as well as his son's place in Greatham. According to the investigation, these assets have been obtained through 'money laundering' so they are unable to release any of the money in order to pay people like me back who handed over my hard earned cash - where did that go? they can only find 'stuff' that has been money laundered.... really?
Danny Shea does/did own 3 properties in Bordon as well as his son's place in Greatham. According to the investigation, these assets have been obtained through 'money laundering' so they are unable to release any of the money in order to pay people like me back who handed over my hard earned cash - where did that go? they can only find 'stuff' that has been money laundered.... really? NF3589
  • Score: 4

7:40pm Thu 1 May 14

Brock_and_Roll says...

To be honest the proceeds of crime act is a complete joke and needs overhauling - the blooming system costs more to administer than it recovers!
To be honest the proceeds of crime act is a complete joke and needs overhauling - the blooming system costs more to administer than it recovers! Brock_and_Roll
  • Score: 4

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