North East Regional Special Operations Unit

Operation Aristotle

Three men from the Leeds area have been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court for conspiring to commit fraud where they claimed to be Roofers and dishonestly obtained over £30,000 from elderly and vulnerable victims.

Between 22nd October 2012 and 29th October 2012, the suspects targeted, the occupant Mr Norman Ling at his home address at Fawdon in Newcastle. Mr Ling was 77 years old at the time and lived alone at his two bedroom bungalow. They cold called at his home address and in order to convince him he required work to his roof, caused damage to his roof by pushing over his chimney and removing tiles.

During the course of this offence the suspect, Antony Doherty called him on his telephone numerous times on a daily basis and had him hand over £9300 in cash to the suspect, Sheldon Denton, of which £5800 was a loan.

Between 20th October 2012 and 6th November 2012, the suspects cold called the victim, Eric Nixon, a 39 year old who lived alone at his home address at Houghton le Spring. Mr Nixon has learning difficulties and suffered from Epilepsy.

Mr Nixon stated that males came to his home address asking if he wanted work doing to his home address. Initially, Mr Nixon told them no, however, the following day they came back and told him that he had some leaking pipes which were leaking into the neighbours garden. Mr Nixon told them that they could repair this which he believes they did. Mr Nixon paid a total of £13350 to the suspects and one occasion was taken to the bank by Hanrahan who took money from him. Mr Nixon was also given instructions by Doherty to make electronic payments which were paid into the suspect, Jason Lee’s Lloyds bank account and withdrawn by Lee in Leeds.

Between 27th October 2012 and 20th November 2012, Mr Anthony Charlesworth and his wife, Jean were targeted by the suspect, Anthony Doherty at their bungalow in Leeds.

Mr Charlesworth states that on Saturday 27th October 2012, the suspect, Doherty attended his home address and asked if he required any work doing. Mr Charlesworth explained that they required some repair to plaster which had been damaged by damp. Mr Charlesworth stated that he asked for a quote but was told not to worry about a quote. Mr Charlesworth handed over a total of £9700 in cash for work  which was either badly done or not necessary. Part of the payment was made electronically and paid into the bank account of the suspect, Zona Monaghan who withdrew the money, keeping £300 for herself.

Convicted

Anthony DOHERTY

Anthony DOHERTY

46 months

Felix HANRAHAN

Felix HANRAHAN

30 months

Sheldon DENTON

Sheldon DENTON

15 months

Jason LEE

Jason LEE

9 months

Zona MONAGHAN

Zona MONAGHAN

Community Order

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