A Doncaster roofer, who swindled three elderly people out of thousands of pounds, has been ordered to pay his victims £30,000 in compensation.
Following a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing this week, Cornelius Price has been issued with a confiscation order and ordered to pay £30,000 in compensation to his victims
Price, also known as Andrew Price and previously of Darlington Walk, Moorends, was sentenced in January this year to three and a half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to three fraud and three money laundering offences.
An investigation was launched in April 2014 that uncovered Price had excessively overcharged three elderly people, two men aged 64 and 81 and a woman aged 64, from West Yorkshire, for roofing and gardening work earlier that year.
Following the sentencing, officers began to investigate under POCA how much Price had benefitted from through his criminality.
At Sheffield Crown Court this week, it was deemed through his criminal gains, he had profited £155,735.
His current available funds totalled £30,000, which he was ordered to pay to his victims within three months.
DS Joanne Kemp said of the case: “Ordinarily in Proceeds of Crime investigations, if a person fails to meet the payment deadline, they will still have to pay the amount aswell as potentially serving an additional sentence in prison as a penalty for late payment.
She continued: “Price will not have this option and will pay the £30,000 to his victims as restraints have already been placed on his accounts with the available funds and we have control of them.
“Any person who is subject to a POCA investigation will have their finances and assets continuously monitored, even after serving prison sentences, to ensure they pay back any amounts they have criminally benefitted from.
“Price took advantage of the honest, genuine and trusting nature of these three people and we are determined to make sure he pays back every last penny he took from them. I would encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this type of crime to please contact the police.”
Anyone wishing to report a crime can do so by contacting South Yorkshire police on 101. Alternatively you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111,