Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Prosecutions

Rogue traders sentenced after targeting vulnerable

On 5th February in the Exeter Crown Court Thomas Maughan, and Thomas Mahon, were each sent to prison for 12 months following a conviction for fraud offences. A third man, Mathew Latham, who had previously pleaded guilty to the same offence, was sentenced to five months in prison, suspended for 12 months as well as 150 hours Community Service.  Maughan and Mahon were jointly ordered to pay prosecution costs of over £23,000.

The court had heard that the men were part of a gang who traded as Wimpey Construction Paving and Cleaning Services Ltd. and between August and November 2013, the gang attempted to carry out work at the homes of primarily elderly and vulnerable residents in Newton Abbot, Dawlish and Seaton. Their tactics included cold calling, overcharging for work, applying high pressure sales techniques and insisting upon cash payments for  shoddy, poor standard work.

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