Two Lincolnshire men have been jailed for scamming pensioners out of thousands of pounds for “shoddy and substandard work”.
Rogue Traders Anthony Newbury, 52 from East Barkwith and Jack Newbury, 27 from Alford, were sentenced to 27 months and 27 weeks respectively at Lincoln Crown Court.
Using names including ‘Lincolnshire Servicing’ and ‘Drives for You’, they targeted homeowners telling them they needed new driveways or driveway improvements.
The Newburys persuaded their elderly victims to part with money for new driveways by showing them glossy leaflets with photographs of stone bonded resin driveways.
Sally Gray, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The victims were all vulnerable people who handed over substantial sums of money from their hard-earned savings to the duo for shoddy, substandard and, in some cases, incomplete work.
“Using callous tactics such as bribing the elderly with gifts and gimmicks, increasing the price of the work at the end of the job, and even driving one person to the bank to withdraw money, the Newburys used every trick in the book to scam their victims.
Mr Recorder G Huston, who gave judgement on the case, said he was ‘absolutely clear that each victim was targeted due to their age and vulnerability’.
He described how one victim, Mrs Raven (90) from Trusthorpe, was scammed out of £5,000, her life savings, for a new driveway. He commented: “Anthony Newbury was out to get as much as he could, and he didn’t care how.”
Gray added: “I’m pleased with the outcome at court today – we’ve worked hard with our partners to get justice for the families affected.
“Rogue traders beware – we will catch you and we will take action against you, whichever county you are operating in.”
As well as conning people, the Newbury’s were also sentenced for using a registered trademark ‘Stone bond’ without the consent of the owner.
This sentencing follows a two year investigation by Lincolnshire Trading Standards, Nottinghamshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police.