Two Cowboy Builders are jailed for defrauding Anfield pensionersBeat The Cowboy Builder
Two cowboy builders are jailed after fleecing vulnerable pensioners over building work on their homes.
Dean Evans, 30, and Lee Hargreaves, 23, cold-called at homes of elderly residents in Walton and Anfield in the summer of 2013 and carried out poor painting, roofing and guttering work.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how the work was of poor quality, that they didn’t give the required paperwork or cancellation notices and failed to return and put right faults when contacted by aggrieved homeowners.
Evans, of Higher Heath, Whitchurch, Shropshire, pleaded guilty at the city’s magistrates court to nine offences under the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations (CPR) and two fraud offences.
He was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Hargreaves pleaded guilty to three CPR offences and two fraud offences.
He was sentenced to to six months’ custody.
The pair were caught by Liverpool trading standards. Judge Andrew Hatton said the difference in sentencing reflected the fact that Evans was clearly the ringleader.
Both men were disqualified from driving for two years as they were itinerant fraudulent traders and ordered that a vehicle seized from Evans during the investigation be forfeited.
John McHale, head of Liverpool Consumer Protection, said: “This is an important result for the service and its partners working together to protect vulnerable residents in the city.
“We will not accept the targeting of consumers and in particular vulnerable members of our communities by rogue traders.
“Consumers have rights and those rights need to be protected and we will continue to ensure we use all statutory powers at our disposal to deal with rogue trader activity.
“We would also advise people not to accept work from building workers offering to do work when they cold call. This case is a classic example for homeowners.”
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