A father and son who swindled a Norton man out of £250,000 have had their sentences increased.
The Court of Appeal today found that the sentences handed to Monty David Croke and his son Monty Croke were unduly lenient and increased them by a total of four years.
The case was referred to the Court by Solicitor General Oliver Heald.
Monty David Croke, of Pickering, ran a business in North Yorkshire carrying out domestic building works and home repairs. His two sons, Monty and Billy, worked for him until Monty set up his own firm which was involved in the same trade.
Both businesses were used to defraud the elderly and vulnerable out of substantial sums of money. In several cases, the victims of the conspiracy were subjected to significant losses and this profit was laundered through the offenders’ bank accounts.
One man in Norton lost his life-savings - estimated at £250,000 - after being befriended by Croke senior.
Despite these matters being brought to the attention of the police and being arrested, David, Monty and Billy Croke continued to defraud customers and dissipated the money they had been paid by others in breach of Restraining Orders imposed against them.
The sentences were today raised from five to seven and-a-half years for Monty David Croke and from 30 months to four years for Monty Croke. Billy Croke’s sentence was not increased.
Speaking after the hearing, Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP said: “This was a terrible case of elderly and vulnerable people being duped into accepting that repairs were needed on their homes, repairs that were entirely unnecessary and in fact the work that these fraudsters did on the homes of the victims actually made the state of the homes worse.
“Older people who live alone are particularly vulnerable; they deserve our respect and should feel safe in society and in their own homes. The increase in today’s sentences sends out a clear message that this type of offence will be dealt with severely”