Cowboy builders who ripped off OAPs jailed for almost a decade
They targeted vulnerable pensioners, knocking on doors and telling them their roofs needed essential work.
Yet most of it was unnecessary and the jobs carried out were “shoddy and grossly overpriced”.
Lee Evans, 48, and Andrew Blythe, 50, ran two firms in Dudley and Sandwell, West Midlands, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
One victim, who was left ill by his ordeal, paid nearly £130,000 over the years for work experts valued at just £14,000.
Another victim said Evans and Blythe escalated a job from repointing to completely rebuilding a chimney stack, with the price rocketing from a few hundred pounds to £7,200.
When she refused to pay the extra money, Evans took his men off site, leaving a gaping hole in her roof while it was snowing.
Terrified, the woman agreed to the crooks’ grossly inflated price to get the job finished.
Evans and Blythe often asked their victims to make cheques out to third parties, Mark Hunt, 46, and John Brookes, 37, who were employees of the business.
Cheques were invariably converted to cash the same day. Evans, of Solihull, West Midlands, was found guilty of four counts of fraud between 2007 and 2012 and jailed for five years.
Blythe, of Coleshill, Warwickshire, changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to four years and nine months.
Hunt, of Birmingham, admitted money laundering and received a suspended eightmonth jail term.
Brookes, also of Birmingham, was given a 16-month suspended sentence for the same charge.
Stephen Linehan prosecuting, said: “These men looked at their victims in the face and stole from them repeatedly.
“There has been not one word of remorse. Their only regret is that they have been caught.”
Passing sentence on Monday, Judge Roderick Henderson said: “These were bare-faced and calculating offences targeting obviously vulnerable people.”
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