A rogue trader who fleeced a pensioner with the condition Alzheimer’s has been jailed for three years.
Marc Jones persuaded the 81-year-old, from Morley, she needed repairs to her home and took her to a cash machine to withdraw £1,500.
But a chartered architect found the work was “in the main, excessively overcharged and inadequate”.
Jones, of Goose Hill Lane, Normanton, convinced another pensioner, from Huddersfield, to borrow £36,500 on equity release to pay for shoddy and unnecessary work to his cellar, which left him owing £47,000.
Judge Marson QC, sentencing, said: “The wicked part of this offending was to release equity from the victim’s home of 40 years, an act which has had a profound impact on the man’s life.”
The woman’s daughter discouraged her mother from withdrawing cash and arranged to come to check on the work, but Jones did not turn up as he had already been paid.
And the Huddersfield man suffers sleepless nights worrying about his spiralling debts.
Jones, 52, was jailed for three years for fraudulent trading and disqualified from being a director for 12 years.
He was sentenced alongside Nathan Jones, of Bridgegate Farm, Shay House, Walton, who was handed 80 hours unpaid community service and ordered to pay £500 costs for operating without a consumer credit licence whilst being a director.
National Trading Standards Board chairman Lord Toby Harris said: “Doorstep crime continues to blight our communities and leaves many of our most vulnerable citizens scared, scarred and bankrupt. I am pleased to see that these two criminals have been brought to justice and urge people not to respond to cold callers offering work on the doorstep.”
Both men pleaded guilty at earlier hearings.