Roofing contractor from Aylesbury jailed for conning 87-year-old pensioner out of £33,500 for worthless job

A fraudster who tricked a vulnerable 87-year-old pensioner into paying £ 33,500 for “worthless” roofing work has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Nathan Jordan of Nash Lee Road, Terrick, Aylesbury, was convicted by St Albans Crown Court last Friday (November 19th) after pleading guilty of money laundering.

The case came to light after a lengthy investigation by Hertfordshire Trading Standards in City and County Roofing, which billed the retiree, who lived alone in Watford, £ 33,500 for work that, if properly done, would have cost only £ 5,700.

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The work itself was of such poor quality that it was worthless as the money deposited into Jordanian bank accounts was complete.

Unfortunately, the pensioner has passed away in the last few weeks.

Jordan pleaded guilty to a criminal offense under Section 327 (1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 on October 11, 2021. He informed the court that he fully accepted the crime and offered his repentance.

Judge Richard Foster, however, described Jordan’s actions as “despicable” in view of the harm involved in the underlying crime. He said Jordan is well aware of the source of money and would like to launder it, adding that people like the consumer in this case are vulnerable to fraud in the face of an increasingly aging population.

The judge sentenced Jordan to 16 months but said he was expected to serve eight months for having made an admission of guilt.

He also ordered that £ 9,000 that had been withheld by the court should be confiscated and used as compensation for the consumer’s estate. He pointed out that prosecutors are free to apply to the court again for additional compensation if Jordan should make more money in the future.

Judge Richard Foster said, “The message needs to be given loud and clear that people who deal with old people scams and those who launder the funds know exactly what is going on are being detained.”

Councilor Morris Bright, Cabinet Secretary for Community Safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said, “Hertfordshire Trading Standards will continue to investigate traders who do house maintenance at exorbitant prices and those who, as in this case, get involved by receiving money from activities who exploit the weak and leave them without their hard earned money. The investigators will use all means to identify those responsible and bring them to justice. ”

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