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Pair conned 76 year old out of almost £30K

Two men have been sentenced after they conned a 76-year-old man out of thousands of pounds over a number of months.

Philip Riley (31/05/1957) of Bridge House Road, Blackpool and Joseph Featon (20/08/1954) of Bridge House Road, Blackpool pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

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Both were jailed for 12 months at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday 14 January 2014.

In June 2009, both men knocked on the door of the victim who lived on Preston Road, Standish. They claimed to be builders and agreed a price with the man to carry out work on his house including painting the outside of the house and fencing.

Between 31 July 2009 and 21 March 2012, both men were paid a total of £29,800 after they attended the house every two to three months, painting, fitting a window and working on a porch.

When the work was assessed, the true value of the “improvements” was valued at just over £2,500.

Concerns were raised by the neighbours when they realised that in March 2012 the victim had raised two cheques for Riley and Featon, totalling £10,000 for work to erect a small fence at his address.

Both men were then arrested and charged.

Detective Constable Shaun Nicholls from the Volume Fraud Team said: “Both men preyed on a vulnerable member of our community, knowing that if they could talk their way into his good books, they would be able to con him out of money.

“For over a period of just under three years, they claimed they were doing work on his house and charging him ridiculous amounts of money. When the “work” was looked at by a professional, it was described as substandard at best.

“Thankfully, after an investigation, we were able to bring both men to justice and force them to face up to what they have done.”

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