AN AVELEY man has been fined after a case where a 92-year-old was duped into handing over his life savings to rogue builders reports the Daily Telegraph.
George Restell responded to a flyer posted through his letterbox and paid £18,000 for building work on his home in Barking, east London.
The job was completed but the fraudsters claimed Mr Restell owed a further £18,000 and the pensioner paid again for the work that had already been done.
The alleged rogue builders have so far eluded justice but Shaun Wilton, 41, of Aveley, South Ockendon, Essex, admitted laundering the money through his bank account.
Judge William Kennedy sentenced Wilton to 120 hours’ unpaid work and ordered him to pay £200 costs. Wilton must have known the cheques he put through his bank account were fraudulent, the judge told Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.