Jail for £70,000
building fraud 
on pensioner

A bogus builder from Leeds who conned a vulnerable pensioner out of £70,000 is starting a prison sentence of almost six years.

Drug addict Simon Brooks, 41, claimed to be carrying out essential repair work at the 65-year-old victim’s home in Bradford, but over a four-month period the pensioner handed over tens of thousands of pounds from his pension and savings.

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A judge at Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how the investigation revealed the sub-standard work which had been carried out by Brooks and others would only have cost about £5,000 even if it had been done properly.

Brooks, of Winrose Grove, Belle Isle, only admitted the fraud charge when his case was listed for a trial. Yesterday he pleaded guilty to three further charges of possessing cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis, with intent to supply some of them to friends.

Judge Bartfield jailed Brooks for 43 months for the fraud, ordering him to serve an additional 27 months in prison for the drugs offences.