VIDEO: Despicable con artists given jail sentences totalling more than 27 years for targeting elderly

Essex County Standard: Despicable con artists given jail sentences totalling more than 25 years for targeting elderly Despicable con artists given jail sentences totalling more than 25 years for targeting elderly

A GANG of rogue traders who fleeced elderly and vulnerable victims out of more than £1million have been jailed for a total of more than 27 years.

The six men, from Colchester and Tendring, had admitted targeting 18 victims for unnecessary building work before overcharging some of them.

Some had dementia and one was registered blind.

James Brown Snr, 45, of Duffield Drive, Colchester was jailed for 10 years after admitting conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, conspiracy to convert criminal property, fraud relating to loans, and two counts of fraud.

William Brown, 49, of Friday Wood Green, Colchester, was handed seven years after admitting fraud by false representation, conspiracy to convert criminal property and fraud.

CCTV footage shows 92-year-old victim Helene Reeve-Smith at the bank with gang ringleader James Brown Snr:

James Brown Jnr, 21, of Oak Road, Tiptree, admitted conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and being involved in money laundering and was jailed for four years and eight months.

Peter Biddle, 66, of Bromley Road, Ardleigh, was given four years after admitting fraud against three victims and converting criminal property.

Van Purdy, 60, of Bromley Road, Ardleigh, admitted conspiracy to convert criminal property and was jailed for two years.

Anthony Symes, 59, of Clacton Road, Weeley Heath, admitted fraud against two victims and converting criminal property and was handed a two year suspended sentence.

"Good news Grace is dead, she died 24th December, cushty"

Among the victims was Andrew Millar, 86, who had more than £157,724 stolen from him by the gang.

Afterwards, he thanked Essex Police and Essex Trading Standards for bringing the men to justice.

He said: "I do not consider myself to be someone who is easily hoodwinked but for quite some time I refused to believe I had been the victim of a fraud.

"This gang were very persuasive, and spent a long time building up my trust in them so that when they started to take advantage of me I didn’t see it.

"The huge learning point for me from all of this is to never trust anyone who turns up at your home offering to do work, or provide a service, which just seems too good to be true, because it almost certainly won’t be genuine.”

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Davies, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said the convictions followed a 16 month investigation.

He said: "During the investigation we spoke to around 140 potential victims of this gang. I think it is mark of how persuasive they were that 73 of these people were unwilling to engage with us - many because they did not believe they had been exploited.

"The tactics these criminals employed meant they would spend a great deal of time grooming their victims; doing favours for them and odd jobs for free in order to build their trust.

"Once they had secured that trust, though, then they were ruthless in abusing it. On several occasions they escorted their victims to banks in order to make sure they withdrew cash for work that was either never carried out or was hopelessly substandard."

For a special report, see Friday's Gazette

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1:01pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Shrubendlad says...

Throw the key away and let them rot in prison-No early release.
Throw the key away and let them rot in prison-No early release. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 25

2:38pm Thu 3 Jul 14

sandgrounder 1 says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
Throw the key away and let them rot in prison-No early release.
evil
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: Throw the key away and let them rot in prison-No early release.[/p][/quote]evil sandgrounder 1
  • Score: 5

4:12pm Thu 3 Jul 14

About time says...

Wish the police would take those poor animals away . The Bromley road guys breed from elderly and caged dogs and horses . The RSPCA. Do nothing so I wish the police would stop them keeping animals as well.
Wish the police would take those poor animals away . The Bromley road guys breed from elderly and caged dogs and horses . The RSPCA. Do nothing so I wish the police would stop them keeping animals as well. About time
  • Score: 7

5:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

About time says...

These guys have caused so much anger and distress and people in Colchester seem to be so afraid of them . The Bromley road gang need to experience the hell that their animals live in. They breed from elderly dogs and horses which are kept in cages and caravans never seeing grass . I'd like to see these guys and anyone associating with them live in there own waste and take it up the arse suffering as their animals do . I icant believe that carers live on the premises as well!!! They really are utter low lives and shouldn't be in the business of trying to care for vulnerable people .
These guys have caused so much anger and distress and people in Colchester seem to be so afraid of them . The Bromley road gang need to experience the hell that their animals live in. They breed from elderly dogs and horses which are kept in cages and caravans never seeing grass . I'd like to see these guys and anyone associating with them live in there own waste and take it up the arse suffering as their animals do . I icant believe that carers live on the premises as well!!! They really are utter low lives and shouldn't be in the business of trying to care for vulnerable people . About time
  • Score: 6

7:47pm Thu 3 Jul 14

emma176543 says...

Arseholes! Sick of inbred morons trashing this country!!
Arseholes! Sick of inbred morons trashing this country!! emma176543
  • Score: 7

11:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Shardaye1 says...

I think the people who feel it's nesseccary to leave comments- should read on the full facts first and not what you just read on here! A small percent of this is true- with only one particular main person involved.
1 million pound scam- ha I wish I wouldn't be wiping arses for a living if it were... Two words for this whole situation- over exaggerated
I think the people who feel it's nesseccary to leave comments- should read on the full facts first and not what you just read on here! A small percent of this is true- with only one particular main person involved. 1 million pound scam- ha I wish I wouldn't be wiping arses for a living if it were... Two words for this whole situation- over exaggerated Shardaye1
  • Score: -10

8:39am Fri 4 Jul 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

Shardaye1 wrote:
I think the people who feel it's nesseccary to leave comments- should read on the full facts first and not what you just read on here! A small percent of this is true- with only one particular main person involved.
1 million pound scam- ha I wish I wouldn't be wiping arses for a living if it were... Two words for this whole situation- over exaggerated
U **** !
[quote][p][bold]Shardaye1[/bold] wrote: I think the people who feel it's nesseccary to leave comments- should read on the full facts first and not what you just read on here! A small percent of this is true- with only one particular main person involved. 1 million pound scam- ha I wish I wouldn't be wiping arses for a living if it were... Two words for this whole situation- over exaggerated[/p][/quote]U **** ! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 1

12:06pm Fri 4 Jul 14

About time says...

I feel it nesseccery to leave a comments when it comes to animal cruelty and abuse and nothing is done about it . I have seen the conditions. with my own eyes. Those animals have no joy in life .




Also people should be aware when buying puppies that they could be coming from Unhealthy inbred dogs from Bromley. Road.
I feel it nesseccery to leave a comments when it comes to animal cruelty and abuse and nothing is done about it . I have seen the conditions. with my own eyes. Those animals have no joy in life . Also people should be aware when buying puppies that they could be coming from Unhealthy inbred dogs from Bromley. Road. About time
  • Score: 1

1:54pm Fri 4 Jul 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Can someone reveal the significance of the extremely unpleasant comment half way through the above report apropos the death of a lady named 'Grace'?

Was this deliberately inserted by the Newsquest Editorial Staff? or has the site somehow been hacked by an outsider?

Whatever the reason it all seems very invidious!
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Can someone reveal the significance of the extremely unpleasant comment half way through the above report apropos the death of a lady named 'Grace'? Was this deliberately inserted by the Newsquest Editorial Staff? or has the site somehow been hacked by an outsider? Whatever the reason it all seems very invidious! . OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 0

8:14pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Lobo.. says...

About time wrote:
Wish the police would take those poor animals away . The Bromley road guys breed from elderly and caged dogs and horses . The RSPCA. Do nothing so I wish the police would stop them keeping animals as well.
He's recently had all his animals taken away from him I believe....
[quote][p][bold]About time[/bold] wrote: Wish the police would take those poor animals away . The Bromley road guys breed from elderly and caged dogs and horses . The RSPCA. Do nothing so I wish the police would stop them keeping animals as well.[/p][/quote]He's recently had all his animals taken away from him I believe.... Lobo..
  • Score: 0

1:04am Mon 7 Jul 14

Boris says...

OMPITA wrote:
Can someone reveal the significance of the extremely unpleasant comment half way through the above report apropos the death of a lady named 'Grace'?

Was this deliberately inserted by the Newsquest Editorial Staff? or has the site somehow been hacked by an outsider?

Whatever the reason it all seems very invidious!
.
It was all explained clearly in the printed paper.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Can someone reveal the significance of the extremely unpleasant comment half way through the above report apropos the death of a lady named 'Grace'? Was this deliberately inserted by the Newsquest Editorial Staff? or has the site somehow been hacked by an outsider? Whatever the reason it all seems very invidious! .[/p][/quote]It was all explained clearly in the printed paper. Boris
  • Score: 0

1:09am Mon 7 Jul 14

Boris says...

What is not clear is why several people have been commenting on animal cruelty, when there is no mention of that in the report. Not mentioned in the printed paper either.
If these crooks were cruel to animals then of course that is deplorable, but this story is supposed to be about them stealing people's life savings.
What is not clear is why several people have been commenting on animal cruelty, when there is no mention of that in the report. Not mentioned in the printed paper either. If these crooks were cruel to animals then of course that is deplorable, but this story is supposed to be about them stealing people's life savings. Boris
  • Score: -1
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