Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pensioner Con Trick Pair Jailed; Bogus Repair Men Preyed on Elderly

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pensioner Con Trick Pair Jailed; Bogus Repair Men Preyed on Elderly

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Byline: Chris Robinson

TWO conmen who swindled three pensioners out of thousands of pounds have been jailed.

Joseph Maloney and Michael Clearey told the elderly men that they were repairing brickwork and driveways in the area.

One pensioner was told bricks had been sent to a laboratory for tests which revealed more work needed to be carried out.

And in another incident, Cleary drove a blind man to the bank in order to get his hands on cash before failing to turn up for work.

Pensioner Anthony Spoors, of Gateshead, was conned out of pounds 14,000, and when asked for a contact address and a phone number they failed to return to complete the work. Prosecuting, Alec Burns said:

"He thought the work was getting done. All along Mr Spoors had been asking them for a contact address or a phone card or anything, eventually he was given a card.

"After that date no one came back.

He was left with a trench around the house, some paving had been left and only a small amount of work had actually been carried out. …

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