A SOLIHULL woman has says she too has been left out of pocket after agreeing to perform promotional work for ‘deceitful’ local businessman Les Hemmings.
Emma Hill who is 20 and from Shirley and her friend Maxine Cope, 21, from Staffordshire, say they are owed around £250 each for three days work at the NEC last October which Mr Hemmings, who owns Hemmings Leisure, arranged through his entertainment agency based in Dickens Heath.
Last week at Solihull Magistrates Court, Hemmings was hit with a £7,500 bill in a case brought by the Government’s Employment Agency Standards inspectorate after withholding payment to artists including comic Tom O’Connor.
Michael Hill, Emma’s father, is furious that Hemmings has not paid the girls despite repeated phone calls to the agent.
He said: “Since we contacted the Solihull News Mr Hemmings has deposited £100 in Emma’s account with promises to pay the rest but he hasn’t paid Maxine at all.
“He said to me ‘Don’t you realise there is a credit crunch on?’ This man is a bounder.
“I can’t just go to Solihull Council and say I can’t pay my council tax because there’s a credit crunch!”
When we spoke to Mr Hemmings he said he was a bonafide Solihull company who had been faced with a £5,000 dishonoured cheque recently which had ‘literally devoured the agency’s profits’.
He added he had asked Mr Hill to be patient and that he too had suffered cancellations.
Mr Hemming also claimed it wasn’t unusual to wait some time for payment in the promotions business.
After the hearing last week District judge Nigel Cadbury called Mr Hemming’s actions “serious deceitful, despicable behaviour and not the behaviour of an ordinary decent businessman”.