Thursday, 19 October 2017

Conman fleeced pensioner out of £4,300

A MAN who conned a Goring pensioner out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for 18 months.

A MAN who conned a Goring pensioner out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for 18 months.

Mark Cooper claimed he had spotted a leak after cold-calling at the man’s house in November 2013.

The man, in his eighties, paid £2,500 to have the roof water-proofed but Cooper returned the next day saying he needed to finish the job and pocketed another £1,800.

The victim called in Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards officers after Cooper told the victim that underneath the roof was rotten and needed replacing which he would do for another £2,000.

A buildings expert examined the roof and confirmed it was not leaking and that the work carried out was unnecessary and of no value.



Cooper, 48, of Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, was convicted at Winchester Crown Court last week of fraud alongside other similar offences in Hampshire.

Council deputy leader Rodney Rose said: “This was a particularly nasty crime committed against an elderly and vulnerable gentleman and the custodial sentence sends out a strong message to anyone thinking of engaging in this sort of cowardly criminality.”

Last year, two people were convicted of carrying out a similar scam in Goring.

Stephen Green and Clive Smith fleeced Leslie Drain, of Summerfield Rise, out of £519,000 between 1992 and 2011. The pair intimidated the bachelor into agreeing unnecessary repairs to his house and pressured him into investing in a non-existent farm.

They were brought to justice following a Trading Standards investigation assisted by Dr Drain’s neighbour David Prudence. Dr Drain, a retired physicist, died of cancer in 2012 but gave evidence before the trial.

If you are concerned a cold caller, call trading standards on 0345 404 0506.

A MAN who conned a Goring pensioner out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for 18 months.

Mark Cooper claimed he had spotted a leak after cold-calling at the man’s house in November 2013.

The man, in his eighties, paid £2,500 to have the roof water-proofed but Cooper returned the next day saying he needed to finish the job and pocketed another £1,800.

The victim called in Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards officers after Cooper told the victim that underneath the roof was rotten and needed replacing which he would do for another £2,000.

A buildings expert examined the roof and confirmed it was not leaking and that the work carried out was unnecessary and of no value.

Cooper, 48, of Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, was convicted at Winchester Crown Court last week of fraud alongside other similar offences in Hampshire.

Council deputy leader Rodney Rose said: “This was a particularly nasty crime committed against an elderly and vulnerable gentleman and the custodial sentence sends out a strong message to anyone thinking of engaging in this sort of cowardly criminality.”

Last year, two people were convicted of carrying out a similar scam in Goring.

Stephen Green and Clive Smith fleeced Leslie Drain, of Summerfield Rise, out of £519,000 between 1992 and 2011.

The pair intimidated the bachelor into agreeing to needless repairs to his house and pressured him into investing in a non-existent farm.

Dr Drain, a retired physicist, died of cancer in 2012 but gave evidence before the trial.

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