Tricksters jailed for fake investment company - Hoddesdon and Broxbourne

12/02/2016

Two brothers from East Herts were part of a gang of tricksters who duped elderly and vulnerable people out of their money with a phoney investment scheme.

In just a few months the gang conned £200,000 out of fifteen victims.

They had set up a bogus business called Charlton Webb Ltd, claiming to offer investment opportunities with the purchase of rare earth metals. There would be attractive returns, they promised their victims, using lies and shiney brochures to back up the con.

Appearing at St Albans Crown Court today, Friday, 12 February 2016, were brothers Thomas Brightman and Joseph Brightman, along with a third defendant Joseph Jenkins.

The court was told the gang may have acquired a list of the names of people likely to be susceptible to the con, made up of elderly and vulnerable targets, who had been duped in the past.

The trio all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

Thomas Brightman, aged 28, and his brother Joseph Brightman, aged 25, both of no fixed address, but with links to the Hoddesdon and Broxbourne areas, appeared in custody today.  With them in the dock was Joseph Jenkins, aged 28, of Beaufort Close, North Weald, Essex.

The court was told it was Thomas Brightman who had formed the business and was a Director of Charlton Webb. He had then passed it onto his younger brother Joseph Brightman. Jenkins had acted as a 'salesman,' but the court was told there were others involved in the fraud who weren't before the court.

Judge Stephen Warner, hearing the case, told the three they were guilty of "callous and greedy behaviour."

Joseph Brightman was jailed for three years and seven months and disqualified from being the Director of a company for eight years.

Thomas Brightman was jailed for three years and two months and disqualified from any Directorship for eight years.

Joseph Jenkins was jailed for two years and disqualified from being a Director for three years.

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