A builder in Hull has been jailed after a series of scams and half-finished work left his customers £90,000 collectively out of pocket. Former soldier John Revell, 56, was sentenced to 25 months in prison after he admitted two counts of fraud and nine of obtaining credit by deception.
His array of victims include a couple whose home was severely damaged in the 2007 floods, and another who had to virtually empty their savings in order to pay his extortionate fees for their ‘dream home’.
Even after he was initially declared bankrupt at Hull County Court in 2000, he continued to trade – neglecting to inform his clients and suppliers of his dire financial situation. After failing to provide necessary information about an inheritance he received, Revell’s discharge from bankruptcy was suspended indefinitely. In July 2011, he was made bankrupt a second time for failing to submit tax returns.
Despite this, Revell took a final total of £14,014.02 from Howden Joinery Limited, after failing to declare he was bankrupt, and committed the same offence against MKM Building Supplies, taking credit worth £12,443.08.
Mrs Willis, one of Revell’s victims read the following statement in court: “We very much looked forward to retiring at our new home in Withernsea but this experience has spoiled that. We trusted John Revell.”
Upon sentencing, Revell was told “You got completely out of your depth and you knew you were an undischarged bankrupt and you carried on. It has to be custody”.