Fraudster builder from Thurston ordered to hand over £100,082

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

A Suffolk builder who lied after failing to complete £1 million worth of contracts has today (Friday) been ordered by a judge to hand over his remaining assets.

Carl Shrubshall, 47, of Cavendish Close, Thurston, fended off customers with false claims that he was having to undergo hospital treatment for cancer while in fact he had been enjoying a luxury holiday in Florida.

Carl Shrubshall

Carl Shrubshall

In July, Shrubshall was jailed for a total of 45 months at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty to 18 offences of fraud committed between April 2010 and January 2013.

Today (Friday) Shrubshall returned to the same court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing designed to recoup as much as possible of what he gained from his offending.

Judge John Devaux was told that specialist financial investigators had established that Shrubshall’s benefit from his crimes amounted to £324,000 and he had £100,082 available in assets.

A confiscation order was made by Judge Devaux requiring Shrubshall to hand over £100,082 within the next 28 days.

Failure to comply with that deadline would result in one year being added to his prison sentence, Shrubshall was warned.

When Shrubshall, who was the sole director of Beckwill Builders Ltd, was jailed, the court heard that he had run the business with a ‘series of lies and dishonest practices with a view to manipulating his contracts to his advantage and maximising the amount of money he could get’, said prosecutor Christopher Kerr.

Customers who were contacted by Shrubshall signed up to have new houses built but found that the projects were never finished, despite substantial payments having been made to him.

Building contracts taken on by Shrubshall had been worth just over £1 million and that even taking into acount the work that had been completed, customers were still £298,368 out of pocket.

Shrubshall had also failed to obtain Local Authority Building Control warranties despite being paid to do so and had forged quotations for the installation of gas, water and electricity services to greatly inflate what appeared to be the cost.