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Five men charges with running window company “for fraudulent purposes”

Five men have been charged with running a window company in Bradford “for fraudulent purposes.”

The men, who are all linked to Just Glaze Windows and Doors, appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court on Thursday – each charged with “Carrying on business of a company with intent to defraud creditors / for other fraudulent purpose.”

The crime is alleged to have happened between 1 January 2022 and 21 September 2023.

The case has been brought by West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

An investigation into Bradford based Just Glaze had begun after Trading Standards received complaints from customers of the business, which sells double glazed windows, doors and provides general house maintenance work and was mainly based online.

At Thursday’s brief hearing the five men only spoke to confirm their names, ages and addresses, and to give their plea.

Three of the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge, while the other two gave no indication of their plea, and the case will next be heard at Bradford Crown Court in early July.

The full charge read to each man was “Between 01/01/2022 and 21/09/2023 at Bradford, where the business of a company, namely Just Glaze Windows and Doors Ltd, is carried on for a fraudulent purpose, namely the charging of customers for the provision of goods and services that were not supplied, or, if supplied, were defective or substandard or were not as advertised or contracted for, you were knowingly a party to the carrying on of the business in that manner, in that together with Akbar Ahmed.”

Appearing in court were

  • Iftikhar Ali, 38 of Low Lane Clayton – He gave no indication of his plea
  • Faisal Bajwa, 34, of Priesthorpe Avenue, Pudsey – He pleaded not guilty
  • Nikolas Kiewra, 26, of Town End Road, Clayton – He pleaded not guilty
  • Kashif Raza, 43, of Northfield Crescent, Cottingley – He gave no indication of his plea
  • Majid Shafiq, 49, of Longworth Avenue, Burnley – He pleaded not guilty.

The court was told that the case was not suitable to be dealt with in the Magistrates Court, and Magistrates agreed it should be sent to the Crown Court for matters to progress.

The men will now appear at Bradford Crown Court on 4 July.

All five defendants were granted unconditional bail until that appearance.

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