Three traders in Milton Keynes have each been found guilty of selling alcohol and late-night refreshments without a licence via the Just East website and app.
Milton Keynes Council said Nathan Williams, Ian Rackley and Christine Garland used several trading names to illegally sell food and drink without the appropriate licenses to do so.
The trio were ordered to pay almost £5,000 in fines.
The local authority said that it launched the investigation following repeated complaints regarding food quality and hygiene. It also found that the unlicensed traders were operating from residential premises they didn’t occupy.
“All three offenders ignored MKC’s requests to discuss the offences and provided no evidence of where food is produced, how it’s cooked or packaged, and if it’s done so in accordance with hygiene and safety standards,” the council said.
Cllr Lauren Townsend, Milton Keynes’ Cabinet Member responsible for Licensing and Regulatory Services, said: “The ease in which these offenders have been able to sell alcohol and food online without regulation, and from premises they don’t occupy, is a serious public safety concern.
“The majority of MK businesses have continued to comply with the licensing regime, despite the challenges caused by the pandemic. Milton Keynes Council’s Licensing team carried out a lengthy and complex investigation into this matter to protect those businesses by ensuring those who act illegally don’t get away with it.”