A man who misled 71 businesses in Rugby and across the county has been sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay compensation and costs of more than £18,000.
Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service prosecuted the man after receiving complaints from local businesses, including some from Rugby.
Darren Bernard Keighley and his company Community Sponsorship Partners LLP contacted local businesses claiming to be working with Mid-Warwickshire Boys and Junior Football League.
Company representatives said they were seeking sponsorship for the league and asked for hundreds of pounds from each business to buy advertising in
a fixtures poster.
However, there was no agreement between Community Sponsorship Partners LLP and the league to produce the 2012-13 or 2013-14 fixture posters.
Janet Faulkner, head of Warwickshire Trading Standards Service, said: “The Trading Standards Service is committed to protecting businesses from being misled. We are delighted to have been able to take this successful prosecution which has enabled those traders who lost out to obtain compensation.”
Judge Alan Parker said it was only right that trading standards should to be alert to dishonesty of this kind and congratulated the prosecution on its handling of the case.
At Leamington Justice Centre on Tuesday, Keighley, from Preston, was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work, pay compensation of £17394.45 and costs of £1000.
At a previous hearing Keighley had pleaded guilty to one offence under the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008.