Rogue traders jailed for defrauding elderly

Two men, who pleaded guilty to fraud and consumer protection offences, have received prison sentences for conning elderly and vulnerable people for thousands of pounds.

Rogue traders, James Doran of Quedgely in Gloucester and Patrick Conners of Hatfield in Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to a variety of offences committed in the summer of 2012 in Plymouth and Exeter.

Trading as...

Police appeal following attempted fraud

Police in Plymouth have issued CCTV images of a suspect they wish to identify following a attempted high-value fraud.

On Tuesday 4 March the suspect managed to have all incoming calls to a large Plymouth-based company diverted to another number.

He did so by contacting the company’s telephone provider and masquerading as the company’s managing director. Shortly after the divert...

Man sentenced to 12 months for fete fraud at Truro Crown Court

A 41-year-old man has today (6 December 2013), been given a 12 month prison sentence at Truro Crown Court for committing fraud against a popular Cornish fete.

Kingsley Bennett, who pleaded guilty last month to a charge of fraud by abuse of position, was treasurer of the Poughill Revel and Cuckoo Fair near Bude between 2008 and 2010.

During this time, the court heard that he...

Local women arrested over alleged festival ticket sale fraud

Two women from Tavistock have been arrested after an investigation by Devon and Cornwall Police into the alleged fraudulent sale of tickets for Tomorrowland 2013, an electronic musi festival in Belgium.

Police say that the women, aged 50 and 21, have been arrested on suspicion of fraud by misrepresentation and are currently on police bail until February 2014.

The festival,...

Police warn of a spate of burglaries and fraud across the region

Police are issuing a warning after people have been defrauded of thousands of pounds following burglaries at premises across Devon and Cornwall.

The most recent occurrences were on 18 April when members of staff at doctors’ surgeries in Liskeard and Newton Abbot had their wallets stolen.

In the days following the thefts, the victims received bogus phone calls which have led...

Copplestone man charged with Help for heroes charity fraud

Christopher Copeland aged 51 years from Copplestone, near Crediton has today, Wednesday 17 April been charged with 16 counts of fraud by false representation in connection with the Help for Heroes Charity.

He has been released on bail to appear before Exeter Magistrates Court on Wednesday 8 May.

Special investigators to tackle social housing fraud

A special team of investigators will be tracking down social housing fraudsters across Devon thanks to a £200,000 grant.

A bid by a partnership of Devon local authorities and social landlords, led by Plymouth City Council, has won government funding for a two year project.

Fraudsters who rent out their social home and live elsewhere can cost the taxpayer as much as £900 million...