Scumbag Paddy Doran, 31, visited their property near Church Road, uninvited, on three separate occasions in March 2020. He told the two elderly residents that their roof tiles needed replacing. He said whoever had first installed the tiles had stolen them and therefore it was important they were replaced.
The roof was actually in good order and the victims were misled by Doran. They were persuaded to hand over the cash and the work he promised was never completed.
Doran, of Townfield Lane in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, then tried to get them to draw out a further £1,200.
The matter was reported to Kent Police and an investigation was launched by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
Officers attended the victims’ address. Whilst police were there Doran was spotted driving past the house. He was followed by officers and he stopped his car in a nearby cul-de-sac and tried to walk away from the area.
Doran was caught by police, arrested and prevented from taking any further money from his victims. He was charged with fraud by false representation and driving a vehicle without insurance after the car he was seen driving was not registered to him.
Despite denying the charges a jury found him guilty following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court which concluded on Monday 14 September. Doran was sentenced to two years and three months in prison at the same court on Tuesday 15 September.
Investigating officer, DC Mark Newman, said: ‘Anyone can become a victim of fraud but it is usually the most vulnerable in our society who are targeted.
‘Doran misled his victims and conned them out of a large sum of money, clearly with no intention of ever working for that money. Whilst there are many legitimate businesses out there we continue to urge people and those living next door to vulnerable individuals to be guarded against doorstep callers.
‘Prevention is a priority for us. We must make people aware of these crimes and make neighbours and friends more confident to question what is going on. It might be nothing but it is always better to double check.
‘Doran has also been given a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order, which will impose conditions on him following his release. They include not being able to cold-call on members of the public, offer business services or instruct others to do so on his behalf. If he fails to comply with the court order he could be sent back to prison.’