Rogue trader jailed for £40,000 rip-off

Cornelius Price aka Andrew Price, 30, from Doncaster, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after appearing at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 27, January.

Cornelius Price aka Andrew Price, 30, from Doncaster, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after appearing at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 27, January.

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A rogue trader from Doncaster who ripped off a customer to the tune of tens of thousands has been jailed.

Sheffield Crown Court was told Cornelius Price, also known as Andrew Price, aged 30, worked as a rogue trader, overcharging for maintenance and roofing work.

Price, of Darlington Walk, Moorends, admitted three fraud and three money laundering offences.

Police launched an investigation after reports Price had completed roofing and gardening work for an elderly man in Dewsbury in January and March last year.

An expert witness from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors concluded the man had been overcharged by more than £40,000 for the maintenance work.

The investigation also identified two other elderly residents, from Leeds, who were also overcharged for maintenance work.

Det Sgt Joanne Kemp said: “It has been a long process to identify the victims and to ensure safeguaring measures were put in place to stop repeat victimisation.

“The South Yorkshire Police Asset Recovery Team are working to establish the whereabouts of this money in order to seek compensation for the people involved.”

Victims of rogue traders should contact police on 101.