Bogus builders jailed for conning Rotherham pensioner out of thousands

Simon Collins
Simon Collins
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Two men have been jailed for three years for conning a Rotherham pensioner out of thousands of pounds for building work which was not needed and was never carried out.

Simon Collins, aged 30, of Molineaux Road, Shiregreen, Sheffield and Patrick Maughan, 29, of Deacon Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, pressurised their elderly victim into withdrawing thousands of pounds from his bank account to pay for the repairs.

Patrick Maughan

Patrick Maughan

Police were alerted by concerned members of staff at a bank in Darnall in July last year after the OAP, from Laughton, Rotherham, asked to withdraw a large sum of money.

He was taken there by the bogus builders in their van after suspicious staff at a bank in Dinnington refused to allow him to withdraw £2,500 from his account earlier that day.

The conmen had also taken him to another bank in Rotherham, where £2,500 was withdrawn.

Maughan and Collins, who were waiting outside in their van, drove off when police arrived at the Darnall bank.

They were jailed after pleading guilty to fraud.

Enquiries revealed that the OAP, who is in poor health and vulnerable, had been approached by two men offering to do some work on the driveway of his home for £1,400.

On the day police were called, the victim said two or three men had returned to his house stating the price of repairs had gone up and they would require payment up front for a JCB and a skip.

Investigating officer Inspector Steven Brookes said: “This was a calculated and extremely well-planned attack by organised thieves on a vulnerable member of the community, who was hoodwinked and browbeaten out of a large proportion of his savings.

“When we arrived at the man’s home and our investigation began, it was immediately clear that no work needed to be done to the property and this group had taken advantage of an elderly man’s vulnerability for financial gain.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the bank staff who acted quickly to report this to police and in doing so, safeguarded this victim’s financial assets and his own personal wellbeing.

“Protecting vulnerable persons in the community is, and will remain, a top priority for South Yorkshire Police and I am delighted that these offenders have been brought to justice.”