A BOGUS workman who conned an elderly victim in a roof repair scam has been jailed.
At Airdrie Sheriff Court today Barney Doherty was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment having earlier pled guilty to conning an 89-year-old woman out of thousands of pounds for unnecessary roof repairs.
The court had heard that Doherty, accompanied by another male, cold called the woman at her home in Chryston Cumbernauld offering to clean her gutters in 2013.
The work was carried out and she paid them the agreed price of £20 at which time the victim was advised by the men that whilst cleaning the gutters they’d noticed more work that need doing to her roof.
Despite her initial refusal and reluctance the woman was eventually persuaded by the men, who insisted the additional work needed doing and agreed to the fee of £1500 cash.
The pattern being that each time one job was completed the men highlighted additional work they said was required and over the next week were paid a total of £5,000 for ‘work’ carried out to the roof.
A later assessment by a local authority technical inspector estimated the total value of the work carried out to be a little over £200.
Not content with doing work on the roof alone Doherty then stated the property was at risk of damage through rising damp and tried to pressure woman into paying him to carry out work to rectify that.
It was at this time the homeowner contacted a neighbour in the building trade for advice and when Doherty later rang to arrange the work the neighbour answered the phone.
He advised he was a qualified surveyor and in response Doherty became evasive and then hung up.
Speaking following sentencing today, Ruth McQuaid Procurator Fiscal, Summary, West of Scotland, said: “We know that offences of this nature can have a devastating effect on victims who are often targeted because of their age and that is why we have a prosecution policy focussed on tackling crimes against older people.”