A FRAUDSTER who preyed on the elderly was dismissed as an ‘old-fashioned con man’ as he was jailed for 30 months.
Married father-of-four Andrew Donny Llewelyn Lovell, 32, of Coppice Green, Elton doorstepped pensioners, tricking them out of thousands of pounds.
Lovell had already admitted three charges of fraud by false representation after scamming three pensioners out of £4,100.
At Chester Crown Court on Monday, the court heard how, from April last year to February this year, Lovell targeted 75-year-old Ronald Smith in Widnes, demanding £1,950 for tree surgery, which the pensioner handed over because he ‘felt intimidated’ and ‘wanted to be left alone’.
Mr Smith was driven by Lovell to his bank where he withdrew £850 and handed it to the fraudster.
Lovell returned regularly, demanding more money. Mr Smith handed over £600 on September 20 last year and £500 on November 4.
A surveyor put the true cost of the work at a maximum of £335.
Mr Smith told police: “I’m suffering from extreme anxiety. I am stressed the offender will return to my home address and threaten me further.”
Katherine Marshall, 63, was Lovell’s next victim. He turned up at her home on Erindale Crescent, Frodsham in February and persuaded her to hand over her debit card and pin number, withdrawing £300 which he claimed was to buy panels to fix her fences.
Ms Marshall – who is disabled and lives alone – felt angry at being taken in by ‘such an obvious fraud’.
Lovell was later spotted driving on Hob Lane, Dunham-on-the-Hill, despite being disqualified from driving after a drink driving conviction last year.
He was arrested but after being bailed, targeted another unsuspecting victim.
On July 26, Lovell convinced Kenneth Bett, 78, who lives with his elderly wife in Beech Avenue, Frodsham, to part with £1,850 after taking 20 minutes to cut down a tree.
Lovell insisted Mr Bett go to the bank to withdraw cash. He took out £2,000, followed by Lovell.
Three days later, Lovell was arrested – caught on a secret camera installed in Mr Bett’s home.
Myles Wilson, defending, told Chester Crown Court that Lovell had given police the money he took from this victims, adding he had struggled with a drink problem and had fleeced pensioners in order to fund it.
He added: “He does feel real shame for the way he behaved.”
Judge Roger Dutton said: “These are despicable offences. You were targeting those who were vulnerable in their own homes of what they had left in life.
“Now all of a sudden you have come up with all the money but it doesn’t buy you out of the consequences of your rank dishonesty.
“You’re an old-fashioned conman.”
An order was made to pay back the £4,100 in restitution to his victims.