Con man jailed - Taplow


A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Thursday, 20 November 2014, and was jailed for four years for trying to con an elderly man out of money in exchange for doing some roof work at his address in Taplow.

William James, aged 44, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at the same court on 19 September.

On 29 July this year, James knocked on the door of an elderly resident in Clare Road, Taplow. He informed the 88-year-old man that there was a problem with his roof which he could repair.

James proceeded to go onto the roof and then informed the victim that there were holes in it which he could fix for £5,000.

James then offered to drive his victim to a nearby bank to withdraw the cash. The victim was unable to complete the transaction because he did not have his cheque book. James then insisted on driving him back home to collect it.

When the pair returned to the bank and a second attempt was made to withdraw the large sum of cash, the cashier became suspicious and reported the matter to police. The bank declined the transaction, no cash was given to the victim or handed over to James.