Rogue trader jailed for fraud and theft - Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

28/06/2012

A 41-year-old man who defrauded elderly and vulnerable people by taking money for building work he did not complete was jailed for eight years at Reading Crown Court yesterday, 27 June 2012.

Carl Davies, of Trowes Lane, Swallowfield, was jailed after being found guilty by a jury of five counts of fraud and four counts of theft.  He was found not guilty of two counts of fraud and three counts of theft.

The offences he was convicted of were in Ascot in Berkshire, Iver in Buckinghamshire, as well as Sutton, Twickenham and Richmond. They were committed between 2008 and 2010 and resulted in him stealing up to £115,000.

Davies would cold call residents and offer to complete building or landscaping work, regularly taking money for the jobs upfront.  He would then either complete the job to a poor standard or leave the work unfinished.  On some occasions he would take the money and fail to return without completing any work at all.

Davies was arrested in Surrey in September 2010 following a two year inquiry carried out by police and Trading Standards.

On sentencing, Judge Ross described Davies as a "professional criminal who made a living out of defrauding money from others."

He said: "You were prepared to plunder all the savings of the elderly and the vulnerable."

Davies was jailed for seven years and six months for the fraud and theft offences, and six months for breaching a suspended prison sentence from 2008.