The boss of a Felixstowe-based mobility company has denied all charges made against him by Trading Standards after he was accused of a number of unfair trading offences.
David Waters, company director for Anchor Mobility, was present at a magistrates court in Suffolk on Tuesday without legal representation and was released on unconditional bail until a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court next month.
The 70-year-old salesman pleaded not guilty to taking payment without delivering goods, pressurising customers to make purchases, and failing to issue refunds between October 2016 and September 2017, according to a local newspaper present at the hearing.
Mr Waters and his company have also been charged with knowingly or recklessly engaging in a commercial practice which contravened requirements of professional diligence between October 2016 and September 2017.
He was also charged of being engaged in misleading commercial practices by failing to fulfil representations that furniture would be delivered to a number of customers.
According to a report by the East Anglian Daily Times, Alison Hollis, prosecuting on behalf of Suffolk Trading Standards, said that Anchor Mobility purported to sell adjustable beds and chairs, which were allegedly never delivered to the complainants after being paid for in full or with a 50% deposit.
The prosecution alleged that the total loss to 15 customers was £53,203.
Mr Waters will appear in Crown Court on 11 September after magistrates agreed the alleged offences were too serious for their powers of sentencing if he is convicted.
According to Companies House, Anchor Mobility, which was incorporated in 2016, had compulsory strike-off action against it suspended in January.
Mr Waters previously managed Mobility UK Limited, the trading name of Westminster Recliners.