Solar installations see plumber charged for deception
A TWEED plumber has been charged with dishonestly obtaining financial gain by deception after illegally installing 105 solar hot water systems.
Court documents reveal Wade Francis Morley, of Mooses Plumbing, submitted Queensland Government solar hot water rebate forms in the name of a contracted electrical company, Park Hill Electrical, without their consent.
Police allege between October 20, 2011, and July 23, 2012, Morley forged the signature of Park Hill Electrical's owner Tim Stenner.
Court documents stated that Morley did not hold an electrical contractor's licence and that prohibited him from conducting paid electrical work " or submitting a certificate of testing and compliance/safety", which is a condition of the solar rebate form.
Court documents stated that Morley did not hold an electrical contractor's licence and that prohibited him from conducting paid electrical work "or submitting a certificate of testing and compliance/safety", which is a condition of the solar rebate form.
Morley allegedly provided the details of Park Hill Electrical and forged the signature of Mr Stenner 105 times, without his consent, to validate the applications.
Each customer who applied for the rebate received a $600 rebate from the Queensland Government.
The electrical work at the 105 properties would have cost between $110-$130 depending on the location, meaning the minimum received amount by Moose Plumbing for the illegal works was $11,550.
Court documents stated Park Hill Electrical went broke as a result of Morley's actions and were now "uninsurable" and suffering a severe downturn in work resulting from bad publicity.
Earlier this week Wade Francis Morley appeared at the Tweed Local Court where his case was adjourned to next month.
It is understood Morley wants some of the facts changed.
Morley indicated in court documents dated July 15, 2013 that he planned to enter a guilty plea.
A Fair Trading spokeswoman said the individual contractor licence for Wade Morley (121675C) and the partnership licence for W & P Morley (197175C) was currently suspended for non-compliance with the Trader and Tenancy Tribunal order for an unrelated matter earlier this year.