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BEHIND BARS: Fraudster from Chalfont St Giles jailed after preying on vulnerable people

 Published on: 30th September 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A fraudster from Chalfont St Giles who conned two pensioners of more than £700 has been jailed. 

Paddy Doran, 31, of Townfield Lane visited the property near Church Road uninvited and convinced the two pensioners they needed new roof tiles.

He said whoever had first installed the tiles had stolen them and therefore it was important they were replaced.

The victims were misled by Doran as the roof was in good place, they were persuaded to hand over the cash and the work he promised was never completed.

He then tried to get them two draw out a further £1,200.

The incident was reported to Kent Police and officers attended the victims’ address.

Whilst police were there Doran was spotted driving past the house. He was followed by officers and he stopped his car in a nearby cul-de-sac and tried to walk away from the area.

Doran was caught and charged with fraud.

Despite denying the charges a jury found him guilty following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court which concluded on Monday September 14.

Investigating officer, DC Mark Newman, said: “Doran misled his victims and conned them out of a large sum of money, clearly with no intention of ever working for that money. Whilst there are many legitimate businesses out there, we continue to urge people and those living next door to vulnerable individuals to be guarded against doorstep callers.

“Prevention is a priority for us. We must make people aware of these crimes and make neighbours and friends more confident to question what is going on.”

Doran has also been given a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order, which will impose conditions on him following his release. 

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