Rogue trader who fleeced pensioners across Leeds is jailed

Andrew Roberton.
Andrew Roberton.
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A ROGUE trader who fleeced thousands of pounds from elderly victims in Leeds and across West Yorkshire has been jailed for more than two years.

Leeds Crown Court heard double glazing salesman Andrew Roberton, 40, targeted vulnerable pensioners after setting up his own company AJR Home Improvements.

Roberton offered to arrange double glazing fitting and repairs, but he defrauded nine pensioners out of a total of £6,170 between February and December 2013.

Some work he arranged to be done was shoddy and incomplete and he failed to refund customers who cancelled their contracts.

Prosecutor, Philip Standfast said Roberton falsely told customers that he was an agent of Pilkington’s Glass. Roberton, of Alred Court, Bradford, admitted five charges of fraud and 14 breaches of trading standards regulations where he failed to give customers either refunds or cancellation rights or failed to deal with complaints.

Mitigating, Andrew Walker, said his client has more recently worked as a salesman on a self-employed basis for a double glazing company and has been earning a “substantial” sum of money.

Mr Walker added: “He has put himself on the road to his own rehabilitation.” Jailing Roberton for 26 months, Judge Christopher Batty told him: “This was sustained fraudulent activity and there were a large number of complainants.”