Rogue builder guilty of £1.5m fraud

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Image caption Mark Jenkins admitted fraud at Bristol Crown Court

A builder has admitted defrauding dozens of homeowners in Bristol and south Wales.

Prosecutors claimed Mark Jenkins took about £1.5m from customers without finishing the agreed work.

Jenkins, 45, of Queensholm Crescent, Downend, admitted participating in fraudulent business, overcharging customers and failing to complete work.

He will return to Bristol Crown Court for sentencing on 17 October.

Jenkins also used other names including Mark Killick, Mark Richards, XL Builders, Trade Bookers and Pro-Fit Builders.

Image caption Customers were charged by Jenkins for work that was never completed

He operated in places including Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Clevedon, and the Totterdown and Knowle areas of Bristol.

The prosecution described Jenkins as a one-man operation with no staff and no commercial premises.

It said his business was a kind of "Ponzi" scheme which constantly needed an inflow of customer deposits because it would collapse without regular cash injections.

"The defendant has not completed a single job which is the subject of the indictment," the prosecution said.

Jenkins had also failed to tell customers he had been made bankrupt in 2004.

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