$16,000 fine for former tailor who failed to deliver (Anthony George Riordan / Joseph Anthony Bespoke)

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A former Claremont tailor who accepted payments from consumers but failed to deliver all of the goods has been fined $16,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court.

Anthony George Riordan, who traded as Joseph Anthony Bespoke (now closed), was found guilty on 24 November 2016 of four charges of contravening the Australian Consumer Law. He did not appear in Court and was convicted in his absence.

Between December 2012 and November 2014 Mr Riordan had accepted advance payments for clothing but either only partially filled the orders or did not supply the clothing at all.

Three of the four consumers were members of ‘Club Joseph Anthony’ which involved signing up to a monthly direct debit plan in return for two suits, eight business shirts and eight ties over a 12 month period. The fourth consumer had ordered a jacket which wasn’t supplied and no refund was given.

Mr Riordan is the sole Director of Joseph Anthony Wholesale Pty Ltd which was convicted in the same matter by the Perth Magistrates Court on 19 September 2016. The company was fined $20,200, ordered to pay costs of $5,568 and compensation totalling $7,665 to the four affected consumers. More details here.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said Directors of retail companies are equally liable when consumer law is breached during their retail activities.

“Directors can’t hide behind a corporate structure and are just as likely to be prosecuted as an individual, along with their company,” Mr Hillyard said.

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25 Nov 2016

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