Rogue traders sentenced for scams on elderly

South Wales Argus: Rogue traders sentenced for scams on elderly Rogue traders sentenced for scams on elderly

FOUR rogue traders were sentenced yesterday for conning elderly and vulnerable people out of more than £70,000 across South Wales, including Gwent.

Campaigners including former Argus editor Gerry Keighley are now calling for more cold calling zones to be set up in the area.

Tom Connors, 23, Richard McCarthy, 21, Ben Jones, 23 and Keith Palmer, 21, from the Rumney and St Mellons areas of Cardiff, were arrested in May last year and admitted a total of 13 offences.

In a joint operation involving South Wales and Gwent Police, trading standards and Newport council, the men were arrested after a string of complaints about their shoddy workmanship and intimidating tactics, targeting older and vulnerable members of the public.

Connors and McCarthy were jailed for 38 months and 25 months respectively, while Palmer and Jones were sentenced to 11 months imprisonment suspended for two years.

They were also ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work and subject to an electronic curfew between 8pm and 6am for two months, as well as an anti-social behaviour order for two years.

Age Cymru’s campaigns coordinator and former Argus editor Gerry Keighley said this was "a great result" for older people, but claimed the case illustrates the "pressing need" for greater protection for older and vulnerable people against criminal gangs who prey on them by having for more no cold calling zones.

Andrew Bertie from the Scambusters team said it is important for anyone who is subjected cold calling to remember call the police or trading standards and not to engage with someone who knocks at their door offering work.

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9:47am Sun 6 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Fraud offences carry a maximum of 15 years, so it would be helpful to see some 10 year and up sentences to persuade these particularly vile predators that increasing numbers of elderly should not be a cause for a feeding frenzy.
And yes, when they are from the Republic of Ireland they should be returned to serve their sentences there at the expense of their fellow citizens and banned , on pain of life imprisonment, from returning here.
Fraud offences carry a maximum of 15 years, so it would be helpful to see some 10 year and up sentences to persuade these particularly vile predators that increasing numbers of elderly should not be a cause for a feeding frenzy. And yes, when they are from the Republic of Ireland they should be returned to serve their sentences there at the expense of their fellow citizens and banned , on pain of life imprisonment, from returning here. Dai Rear
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9:53am Sun 6 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Fraud offences carry a maximum of 15 years, so it would be helpful to see some 10 year and up sentences to persuade these particularly vile predators that increasing numbers of elderly should not be a cause for a feeding frenzy.
And yes, when they are from the Republic of Ireland they should be returned to serve their sentences there at the expense of their fellow citizens and banned , on pain of life imprisonment, from returning here.
Moreover real workers doing maintenance work deserve not to be tainted by these creatures from the fundamental orifice of the food chain.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Fraud offences carry a maximum of 15 years, so it would be helpful to see some 10 year and up sentences to persuade these particularly vile predators that increasing numbers of elderly should not be a cause for a feeding frenzy. And yes, when they are from the Republic of Ireland they should be returned to serve their sentences there at the expense of their fellow citizens and banned , on pain of life imprisonment, from returning here.[/p][/quote]Moreover real workers doing maintenance work deserve not to be tainted by these creatures from the fundamental orifice of the food chain. Dai Rear
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