Rogue trader jailed for eight yearsBy Laura Herbert
June 28, 2012
A rogue trader who preyed on elderly and vulnerable people by taking money for building work he didn't complete has been jailed.
Carl Davies was jailed for eight years following a trial at Reading Crown Court.
He was convicted by a jury of five counts of fraud and four counts of theft. He was cleared of two further counts of fraud and three counts of theft.
Davies, of Trowes Lane in Swallowfield, was jailed at the same court yesterday.
The offences took places in Ascot in Berkshire, Iver in Buckinghamshire, as well as Sutton, Twickenham and Richmond, between 2008 and 2010. During that time he stole up to £115,000.
Davies would cold call residents and offer to complete building or landscaping work, regularly taking money for the jobs up front. He would then either complete the job to a poor standard or leave the work unfinished, and on some occasions he would take the money and fail to return without completing any work at all.
He was arrested in Surrey in September 2010 following a two-year inquiry by police and Trading Standards.
Sentencing, Judge Ross described Davies as a "professional criminal" who made a living out of defrauding money from others.
He said: “You were prepared to plunder all the savings of the elderly and the vulnerable.”
Investigating officer Det Con Sarah Manning, of CID in Loddon Valley, said: “Carl Davies had no consideration for his victims and would steal money from them without conscience. On one occasion he stole money from a woman whose husband had recently died.
“This was an extremely long and complex investigation involving several police forces working together in order to apprehend Davies and charge him with these offences.
“He has made a living from being dishonest and taking money away from vulnerable people and has shown no remorse at any time during the investigation.
“He is now serving a prison sentence as a consequence of his actions and I hope this sentence acts as a warning to others that police are committed to tackling offences such as this, and will always seek to bring offenders to justice.
“I would urge people to be aware of cold calling and not feel pressurised into accepting work offered by cold callers. If anyone has concerns about a cold caller they should call police or Trading Standards.
“If you accept work from a cold caller you should ensure you obtain a written receipt or invoice and do not pay the full fee for the work upfront.”
Davies was jailed for seven years and six months for the fraud and theft offences and six months for breaching a suspended prison sentence from 2008.