Rogue traders’ vic­tim was forced to change his will

Jailed for con­ning el­derly out of thou­sands

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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.”

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