Duo conned elderly Carnforth man out of £8k for gardening work

Preston Crown Court.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
Preston Crown Court. PIC BY ROB LOCK
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Two men have been jailed at Preston Crown Court for offences relating to overcharging a vulnerable, elderly man for gardening work.

John Miller pleaded guilty to obtaining £8,000 from the victim for gardening works between February 2014 and July 2014.

Both John and Henry Miller pleaded guilty to further attempting to defraud the same man on the day the police were contacted.

John Miller was sentenced to 19 months imprisonment and Henry Miller was sentenced to nine months imprisonment.

Katie Marsden, Senior Crown Prosecutor for North West CPS said: “John and Henry Miller deliberately targeted the victim in order to defraud him. John Miller called at his home several times over a number of months offering to do gardening work which he charged exorbitant fees for. The work carried out was minimal and of poor quality.

“On the final day the victim was then followed to the bank where he was supposed to withdraw money whilst Henry Miller waited in a van in a car park nearby to take the money from him. After the victim explained to staff in the bank what had happened to him, the police were alerted and the two men were arrested.

“Targeting and preying on vulnerable or elderly people in their own homes is an aggravating feature to this offending. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their own home and the CPS is dedicated towards bringing people who commit such crimes to justice.”