Five years each for 'uncaring' sales scam bosses who preyed on elderly
Sentencing the pair, who were arrested in February 2009, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: "The jury found you two had conspired to defraud the elderly based on dishonesty the deliberate targeting of those most vulnerable in society.
A jury heard, during a four week trial, that they sold a motorised scooter to a man who was registered blind and had uncontrolled epilepsy, and an inflatable bath lift to a blind woman who could not operate it. They signed people up to unaffordable finance agreements and then refused to cancel them.
"It showed a complete lack of empathy and care."
The chairman of the National Trading Standards Board, David Collinson, said: "It is totally unacceptable that any business should seek to exploit vulnerable people in our communities. Consumers and carers should heed the warning arising from this investigation. Don't be bullied into buying something you don't need be prepared to say no."
company, which was set up in 2005.
Wright, of Goldcrest Road, Spondon, and Watkinson, of Baythorpe Road, Chesterfield, were both found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to defraud. They were accused of committing the offences over several years and, over that period, hundreds of inquiries and complaints were recorded against the Nike Lebron 11 Away Release Date
company directors for a period of 15 years.
The court heard a second company was also set up to continue the scam, called REO Marketing.
Speaking outside Leeds Crown Court following his former colleagues' sentencing, Higginson said: "We all truly regret anything the victims have suffered from this case, obviously."
He added that there was significant evidence of pressurised selling techniques and, on some occasions, contracts were signed just to get the salesman out of the house.
An investigation into the pair and a third director, John Higginson, 64, was launched by the Yorkshire and Humber Trading Standards Scambusters Team in 2009.
"I heard evidence on the way customers and their relatives were treated when they attempted to return products and get refunds.
Judge Marson QC told the men that, in his view, REO was a phoenix company and the men were being "paid out by cash in brown envelopes" from it while on bail, which he said was an aggravating feature in the case.
and dealing with a vulnerable age group. They also misled the targeted buyers with a confusing pricing structure and manipulated the cancellation rights of the customers. Both these companies have preyed Nike Kyrie 2 Wolf Pack on the elderly."
A statement from Companies Investigation Branch, which assisted in the case, said: "We found both companies employed both objectionable and misleading sales techniques in gaining access to Nike Lebron 10 Cork
Paul O'Shea, for Watkinson, said that there was no evidence of his client living a lavish lifestyle.
He added: "This business was not solely and purely a vehicle for fraud."
Simon Thomas, for Wright, said his client was a family man with four children and was clearly very concerned how his partner would cope. Higginson, of Locko Road, Lower Pilsley, had earlier admitted a range of offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. He will be sentenced in October.
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