New South Wales Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts today issued a public warning under section 86A of the Fair Trading Act 1987 about Matthew Rixon and associated companies:
The Minister said there is also evidence Mr Rixon has traded under the following business names:
“Matthew Rixon is an undischarged bankrupt who appears to have little regard for the rule of law,” Mr Roberts said.
“Fair Trading has issued Mr Rixon with more than 28 penalty infringement notices worth $19,000 for breaches of the Home Building Act 1989. The State Debt Recovery Office has confirmed the fines have not been paid and contrary to his advice to Fair Trading, Mr Rixon has not entered into any payment plan for those fines. Mr Rixon meanwhile has continued to take money from consumers.”
Mr Roberts said that Fair Trading has received complaints from consumers in the Newcastle area in relation to sub-standard and incomplete work carried out by Mr Rixon or associated companies.
“Consumers have also reported that Mr Rixon enters into a contract to undertake residential building work in the form of supplying and installing fencing and decking on their property. It is reported that after the payment of a significant amount of the contract price, Mr Rixon fails to complete the work, or, if any work is undertaken, it is defective,” the Minister said.
“Neither Mr Rixon or his companies hold a Fair Trading contractor licence that would entitle them to legally carry out residential building work. Mr Rixon has also failed to provide home warranty insurance and demanded excessive deposits.
“Mr Rixon uses multiple mailing addresses and has failed, upon request, to provide Fair Trading with his current residential address. Fair Trading is concerned Mr Rixon will continue to trade under various company and business names and enter into contracts and take deposits from consumers.
Mr Rixon has asked friends and associates to become directors of companies of which he subsequently takes control.
Any person who is requested by Mr Rixon to operate companies with which he is associated should know they may become liable for any breaches by and penalties issued to the company.
Consumers who have had dealings with Mr Rixon are urged to contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20, lodge a complaint online at the Fair Trading website or lodge a complaint at any Fair Trading Centre.
|Above: photo of Matthew Rixon, courtesy of A Current Affair, Channel 9|
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