Exeter Crown Court sentenced James Prentice, 41, from Kingsbridge in South Devon, to six months imprisonment suspended for two years, and 150 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of 4,500 to his victims after the prosecrtuin brought by the Insolvency Service.
The court heard that Prentice was declared bankrupt in December 2014. Although he could continue working as a builder through his company, JSP Woodworx, the terms of his bankruptcy restrictions undertaking meant that he was not allowed to take more than 500 as a deposit from clients without disclosing that he was a bankrupt.
Despite this, between June 2016 and January 2018, Prentice took more than 271,000 to build a retirement home on farmland in Taun…
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