A man who laundered over £30,000 that had been tricked out of an elderly man from Watford has been jailed for 16-months today (Friday, November 19)
St Albans Crown Court heard how the 87-year-old victim, Richard Walker, was tricked into handing over cheques valuing £33,500 for work that did not need to be carried out at his home in Watford.
Nathan Jordan, 29, from Terrick near Ayelsbury, was sentenced to a 16-month prison sentence, with the judge telling him his involvement in the crime was “despicable.”
Prosecutor Andrew Johnson said Mr Walker, who has recently died, agreed to work being carried out in March 2018.
His step-son arrived on one occasion and found Mr Walker writing out a cheque for £20,000. The step-son spoke to a man called Nathan and asked for a written quote. One followed for £38,000 from a company called City and County Roofing.
The step-son said the work should stop and asked to meet Nathan, but nobody contacted him.
Hertfordshire Trading Standards began an investigation. An expert assessed the work that needed to be done was £5,600.
Four cheques had been paid into two Nationwide accounts in Nathan Jordan’s name. Three had been withdrawn in cash, but the £9,000.45 was retained by the authorities and available to go to Mr Walker’s estate as compensation.
Nathan Jordan y appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to converting criminal property.
Defending Charles Drinnan said Nathan Jordan recognised it is a serious case. He said: “He fully accepts the offending. He is of extremely limited intelligence. He wishes to apologise for this abhorrent offence.”
He said he had a genuine desire to pay back all the money and his uncle had offered him a £7,000 loan to help.
Mr Drinnan asked the judge to pass a suspended sentence.
But Judge Richard Foster sent him straight to prison, saying: “The message has to go out loud and clear that people involved in defrauding old people and laundering funds must serve that sentence.”
He told Jordan: “This was really despicable. I am satisfied you were aware of the nature of the offending. You were happy to launder money that has now gone missing. £24,000 was withdrawn in cash and is nowhere to be seen.
“You have had years to save money to pay as compensation.”