Rogue roofer found guilty of fraud

Grant Prior 10 months ago
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A rogue builder who scammed elderly victims across London by tricking them into paying for ‘pointless’ roof repairs has been found guilty of fraud and money laundering offences.

Patrick Cleere and two other defendants will be sentenced next month
Patrick Cleere and two other defendants will be sentenced next month

A jury at Inner London Crown Court yesterday convicted Patrick Cleere, 65 of Ealing Village of conspiracy to defraud and two counts of converting criminal property following a six-week trial.

Two other defendants – William Cleere, 64 of Uxbridge Road, W7 and Timothy Cleere, 39 of Gurnell Grove have previously pleaded guilty to converting criminal property.

All three men will be sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Friday, 10 May.

The court heard that 11 elderly and vulnerable victims across Waltham Forest, Enfield, Redbridge, Haringey, Bromley and Essex were targeted between 1 April 2016 and 30 September 2016.

In each case, bogus builders pressured the victims to pay money for fraudulent roofing and drainage repairs which one building surveyor described as “totally pointless”.

The scam involved the use of a variety of fake company names to target vulnerable householders and created professional looking leaflets.

Victims were offered a gutter cleaning service and it was then claimed their roof or drain urgently needed repairing.

The group then demanded increasing amounts of money for work that was either not carried out or done to a poor standard.

In one case, building repairs described by a building surveyor as “abysmal”, for which a victim in Penge paid more than £38,000, were worth just £250.

Over six months April to September 2016, police believe the scammers made at least £388,000.

Officers from Waltham Forest CID launched an investigation in June 2016 after they were made aware of the group’s activity by a victim in Chingford.

Following an 18-month joint investigation by the Met and Bromley, Enfield and Essex Trading Standards, police charged the five defendants on 17 November 2017.

The gang opened numerous bank accounts in false names using fraudulent identification documents.

Detectives traced the defendants through analysis of payments made by the victims. The group laundered funds through a complex financial network in the UK and Gibraltar.

Detective Constable David Saffery, who led the investigation, said: “These criminals ruined the lives of the vulnerable and elderly householders they preyed on.

“After a careful and meticulous joint investigation, the scammers have been brought to justice.

“I would urge anyone who has been a victim of this type of criminality to speak to police at the earliest opportunity. We have specialist officers who will investigate and support you.”

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said “We are proud to have worked with the Metropolitan Police and other partners on this important investigation, designed to protect our most vulnerable elderly residents from this vicious and callous crime.

“The conviction demonstrates the value of this type of joint investigation and we congratulate our Trading Standards team, the Metropolitan Police and all the other agencies involved.”

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