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$56,000 in fines and restitution for unlawful building work

A man who pleaded guilty to 20 charges relating to unlawful building work on the Sunshine Coast has been convicted and fined more than $37,000, and ordered to pay more than $19,000 in restitution to two of his victims.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) brought the charges against Lube Petreski for offences committed between 2017 and 2019.

The charges included unlicensed building, taking excessive deposits for work and failing to have a contract in place.

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