Local News & Archive — May 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm — Updated: May 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Rhyl man convicted in building fraud ‘racket’

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A Rhyl man has been given a suspended sentence for his role in a rogue builders ‘racket’ against vulnerable people across North Wales.

Eight men and two women were convicted for carrying out unnecessary or inadequate roofing and building work at the homes of elderly residents and charging extortionate rates.

Christopher Pollitt (33) from Thornley Avenue was found guilty of converting criminal property worth over £7,000. His nine-month jail term was suspended for a year – he must also carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard four people lost a total of over £720,000 to one of the defendants – Steven Jones (38) from Llangefni – who was jailed for eight years after admitting fraud charges. Another man, Bedwyr Roberts (35) from Bangor, admitted money laundering involving £680,000 and was jailed for six years.

Among the other defendants:

  • Daniel Taylor (30) from Llangefni – jailed for two years for two counts of fraud, totalling £8,730.
  • Mark Williams (33) from Llanrug – suspended 28-week sentence
  • David Cashman (27) from Caernarfon – suspended 9-month sentence and 150 hours unpaid work for three counts of money laundering
  • Macauley Lewis (20) from Llangefni – suspended 4-month sentence in young offenders institute for converting criminal property (£900)
  • Sean Parlour (36) from Llangollen – suspended 9-month sentence and 150 hours unpaid work for laundering £8,000
  • Mandy Jones (41) from Llangefni – suspended 9-month sentence and 150 hours unpaid work for money laundering
  • Caren Owen (51) from Bangor – jailed for a year and eight months for laundering £55,123 and transferring criminal property (£13,521)

After sentencing on Friday, DC Catherine Walker from North Wales Police said: ”This case has demonstrated just how low some people will sink to exploit the vulnerable in our community. These were despicable acts where elderly, vulnerable people were deliberately targeted and deprived of their life savings.  They do so with absolutely no conscience or thought of the damage they inflict. Money that was needed to ensure a comfortable retirement has seemingly vanished and at this point there seems little hope in tracing and returning it to its rightful owner. Sadly, one of the victims has since passed away but I hope on their families behalf, and for the other victims, they will at least take some degree of reassurance in today’s sentencings.”

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