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Cowboy builder charged vulnerable pensioner £56k for garden work despite having mother with dementia

Cowboy builder charged vulnerable pensioner £56k for garden work despite having mother with dementia

[ad_1] Michael Gorman charged Roy Wilcox £42,000 to install artificial grass – CEM/READING BOROUGH COUNCIL A rogue trader is facing jail for conning a 90-year-old man into paying more than £56,000 for gardening work – including a bill for £42,000 to install artificial grass. Michael Gorman was not jailed immediately yesterday so he could arrange for care to be provided for his own elderly mother, who has dementia, which a judge commented was “ironic” given his offending. Gorman, 46, had charged his elderly victim, Roy Wilcox, £900 to remove some small trees; £1,400 for a new fence; and £12,500 to install concrete paving. Amber Athill, prosecuting, said: “Mr Wilcox lives alone, has no close family and is inherently vulnerable. The defendant took advantage of this. Michael Gorman charged Roy Wilcox £42,000 to install artificial grass – CEM/READING BOROUGH COUNCIL “Between November 2021 and April 2022, he dishonestly and gratuitously overcharged him for gardening works.” Mr Wilcox had been snared by the fraudster after he spotted an advertisement for a company called MG Garden and Tree …