Rogue traders’ victim was forced to change his will
Jailed for conning elderly out of thousands
THREE rogue traders have been jailed after victims were conned out of thousands of pounds for unnecessary building work.
The men knocked on victims’ doors claiming that work needed to be done to their roofs, such as removing moss or repairing holes. They would offer to inspect the roof, during which time they would remove or damage tiles in order to make the victim believe there was a bigger problem.
They then offered to do the work for vastly inflated prices, but as time went on they would demand more and more money, often using pressure tactics, threatening the victims and offering to take them to the bank to withdraw more money.
The victims, who were mostly elderly and lived alone, handed over large sums of money to the men. In one case a man paid them over £43,000 and amended his will so that one of the offenders would receive 50 per cent of his estate upon his death.
Detectives uncovered a string of offences carried out by the men in Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles and Lower Earley in Bucks as well as offences in Potters Bar, Oxfordshire and Surrey. The three men were arrested and later charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.
Tony Williams, 40, of Alan Way, George Green, Slough, admitted conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.
Two further men denied the offences but were found guilty at a trial in early April. They were all sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, April 27.
Billysam Doe, 20, of Foxborough Close, Slough, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. He was sentenced to seven years.
Dax Wharf, 24, of Laleham Road, Shepperton, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and blackmail. He was sentenced to a total of eight years.
Williams was sentenced to five years and three months.
Detective Sergeant Jon Leak said: “These men purposely targeted older people. I’m sure the victims and their families
JAILED: Top left, Billysam Doe, right, Dax Wharf and above, Tony Williams will be pleased with this result, as are we.”