Rogue trader jailed for tricking elderly - Hertfordshire

15/08/2016

A rogue trader, who tricked three elderly victims out of £24,000 in roofing frauds in Hertfordshire, was jailed for two years and four months today, Monday, 15 August 2016.

Noel Devlin, aged 27, of Wesley Road, Hayes, appeared for sentence at St Albans Crown Court, having admitted conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation between November 2014 and January 2015.

Prosecutor Simon Wilshire said Devlin, who said his name was Anderson, got men to carry out "wholly unnecessary" work at the address of a 65-year-old man in Queenswood Drive, Hitchin and charged him £11,600. At most, the work carried out was worth £4,000. He took £7,320 from an 81-year-old man in Mardley Avenue, Welwyn after stripping tiles and insulation away. The value of the work was just £50, said the prosecutor. A man calling himself 'Timmy,' who was probably Devlin, took £6,000 for work valued at £614 from a 78-year-old woman in Chells Way, Stevenage.

Devlin had 6 convictions for 9 offences. In 2010 he was jailed for 3-years for a similar £150,000 fraud.

Defending, Avirup Chaudhuri, said Devlin was sorry for the offences and wanted to repay the money back. If released, he would work for his family, earning £600 a week. "There has been a significant lapse of time since the offence and he has been in custody since June last year," he said. Mr Chaudhuri said that, since being held in prison, Devlin has learned to read and write and has helped other inmates.

Judge John Plumstead told him: "It is viciously cruel to pick on those who live on their own."

At an earlier hearing the Judge gave two of Devlin's co-defendants, who carried out the work and collected the money suspended sentences. Sami Saaidi, aged 24, of Albans Avenue, St Albans received an 8-month suspended sentence and Robert Burrow, aged 21, of Lemford Road, Hatfield received a 7-month suspended sentence after they both admitted conspiracy to defraud.

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