Recently, conmen roofers have fleeced an elderly couple out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. They did this by initially quoting the victims £300,000 for a job that would, in reality, only cost £577.

But they didn’t stop there. The roofers then returned to the couple posing as Trading Standards officers. They claimed that they had recovered the £300,000 that had been previously conned out of them. However, they issued that for this to be returned, the elderly couple would have to pay a further £600,000 in recovery fees.

One of the roofers, Gary Andrew Booker, had paid into his account the sum of £435,000. Following that, he then withdrew cash amounts ranging from £10,000 to £60,000. A confiscation order was eventually placed on Booker for £241,226.41. However, it was established that Booker benefitted from this crime to the amount of £439,395.

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He was found guilty of seventeen counts of money laundering and has now been sentenced to three and a half years in jail. He has also been ordered to pay compensation to the couple of almost a quarter of a million. The judge has ordered that if this is not paid within three months, then his sentence will be doubled.

So what do you think of this? Another cowboy giving the trade a bad name? Let us know in the comments below.


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