Peterborough man jailed for defrauding Royston pensioner of £12,000

15/02/2011

A man from Peterborough has been jailed for defrauding a Royston pensioner out of £12,000 for work on his property that should have cost him less than £300.

A man from Peterborough has been jailed for defrauding a Royston pensioner out of £12,000 for work on his property that should have cost him less than £300.

Steve Winters (31), of Paston Ridings Caravan Site, Norwood Lane, Peterborough, was charged with defrauding the pensioner (aged 77) at his home in Royston, on several dates between March 31 and April 22.  He had told the victim that his drains needed urgent attention and claimed that extensive work had been carried out, when in fact just two drain covers were replaced. 

Winters was finally caught when staff at the victim's local branch of HSBC notified police when the pensioner tried to withdraw a large sum of money to make yet another payment to the conman, who admitted fraud by false representation on January 11.  He was jailed on 10 February at Cambridge Crown Court for 16 months. 

CPS Hertfordshire Crown Advocate Shilpa Shah said: 'Steve Winters defrauded an elderly, vulnerable pensioner out of a large sum of money for replacing two drain covers at his home in Royston. This type of offence is appalling and the effect it can have on the victim is devastating. The CPS and police will robustly pursue perpetrators of crimes against the elderly and bring them before the courts. 

'Today Steve Winters has been sent to prison for his crime and I hope this fact helps his victim find closure and he is able to move forward with his life. 

'This outcome also sends out a clear message to others who engage in this type of crime; that they will be caught and brought before the courts for punishment.'