Tree loppers who preyed on elderly fined $45,000

AN ITINERANT tree lopper and his business partner, who breached door-to-door sales rules when targeting two elderly Sunshine Coast consumers, have been fined $45,000.

Elevisi Moli, of Kingston in Brisbane, was found guilty of nine breaches of the door-to-door provisions of the Australian Consumer Law, and two counts of false or misleading representations, between June 14 and July 3 last year.

He was fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $4530 restitution to one of the elderly clients.

He was also ordered to publicly apologise to his victims via an advertisement in local newspapers within 60 days.

Moli's son and business partner, Nahshon Naasona Moefaauo of Kingston, was found guilty of four breaches of the door-to-door provisions of the ACL and two counts of false or misleading representations between June 14 and July 3, 2012.

He was fined $15,000 and ordered to pay $3000 to an elderly client.

An officer from the Office of Fair Trading told the court Moli and Moefaauo had offered their tree-lopping services to the two elderly Sunshine Coast residents.

The court heard Moli had a history of targeting vulnerable consumers, particularly those over 80 years old.

It further heard Moli and Moefaauo had deliberately targeted elderly consumers.



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