Fraudster brothers, who cheated elderly people out of thousands of pounds by tricking them into having urgent repair work done to their property, have been served with anti-social behaviour injunctions which are designed to disrupt their criminal and anti-social activities.
Glenn Pardoe, aged 59, and 52-year-old Lyndon Pardoe were served the injunctions at Birmingham County Court last Tuesday (13 June).
The older brother Glenn worked for Wylde Green Roofing based at a council tenancy controlled by Andrea Clarke-Fitzgerald, of Plowden Road, Stechford. The brothers were responsible for targeting elderly people by posing as self-employed builders, convincing them to have unnecessary repair work done to their properties including roof renovation, brickwork, paving and drainage. Clarke-Fitzgerald was also served an injunction preventing her premises being used for anything other than a private home and not for a criminal purpose.
Lyndon was alleged to have operated as Multicare Roofing across Birmingham and Dudley.
Once they had secured the work, by successfully manipulating victims, they would then quote a price that was vastly inflated compared to the majority of other independent building surveyors in order to maximise their profit.
The fraudsters would often re-visit victims that they knew were particularly vulnerable and more likely to hand over large sums of money.
Police were alerted to their behaviour after one of the victim’s bank became suspicious and informed police and the investigation commenced.
The injunctions were obtained following a joint investigation with Birmingham City Council, the Housing Department, Trading Standards and the Department of Work and Pensions.
Superintendent Brandon Langley from West Midlands Police, said: “We are pleased with the terms of these injunctions. The restrictions put in place mean that the Pardoe’s are no longer free to target the most vulnerable people in our communities by tricking them into handing over large amounts of money.
“They have repeatedly shown a distinct lack of honesty in order to cheat elderly residents out of thousands of pounds, by exaggerating the cost of repair work.
“Little or no regard has been shown for the humiliation they have caused their victims. We hope that our actions show that we are committed to working with our partners to ensure that no one has to endure the actions of these individual’s behaviour. I’d also encourage anyone who has suffered in a similar way to report it.
“I’d also urge anyone who sees either of them breaking the terms of their injunction to report it to police on 101.”
Birmingham City Council’s director of housing Robert James said: “We make it absolutely clear to tenants from the start that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and I’m pleased that we have been able to work with West Midlands Police to bring these people to justice.
“These crime group members brought misery to their vulnerable victims in the communities in which they were operating – but what we have now achieved shows we take all criminal and antisocial behaviour seriously. If Clarke-Fitzgerald ignores the injunction we will not hesitate to evict.
“I urge residents to report suspected breaches immediately.”
The injunctions against Glenn and Lyndon Pardoe − which expire in August 2019 – state that they must not:
1) Cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person or intimidate any person or behave in a manner capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any person in relation to that person’s occupation of residential premises.
2) Cause unwanted damage or threaten to cause unwanted damage to residential property.
3) Commence any work on any residential property without first providing the customer with a written, dated, and signed quotation setting out the precise nature of the work, the materials to be used and the estimated cost and that contains on the front of the quotation a clear and unambiguous statement setting out the statutory cancellation notice commonly known as a “cooling off” period of 14 days.
4) Commence any paid work on any residential property without first obtaining the written permission of the customer to commence the work.
5) Harass the occupier of any residential property by returning to the residential property when an offer of any work on any property has been refused.
6) Accept payment by cash for any work whatsoever in relation to Residential Property without providing a written and signed receipt at the time of payment.
7) Accept payment by cheque for any work whatsoever in relation to residential property.
8) Accompany, carry in a vehicle or follow, or offer to accompany, carry in a vehicle or follow any person in order for that person to obtain cash or a cheque for the purposes of making a payment for work done to the residential property.
Source:: West Midlands Police News