LISTEN: Aggressive cold callers scammed more than 70 elderly and vulnerable people out of £1.7million
PUBLISHED: 16:29 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 07 March 2017
Three of the men involved were from the borough
A team of fraudsters who conned £1.7million out of elderly and vulnerable people has been jailed.
Four men, including two from the borough, were jailed on Monday.
A fifth man from Bromley was handed a suspended sentence.
Met Police were called into investigate a company called Taylor & Mills Ltd in 2013.
Analysis revealed employees would cold-call members of the public using aggressive and persistent sales techniques, to persuade them into buying green investments known as ‘carbon credits’.
To match the fraudulent company’s facade, glossy brochures promoting the ‘credits’ were published, and even quoted Barack Obama.
Investigating officers discovered none of the victims’ money was being used to buy the credit, but was instead paid into bank accounts in the name of Taylor & Mills Ltd.
Orpington’s Aaron Petrou’s role in the scam was to close deals with victims, using the pseudonym ‘Giles Beaumont’.
His fingerprints were discovered on a book handed to one of the scammers’ biggest investors, as well as other documents sent to victims.
The 49-year-old of Norsted Lane was jailed for three years and eight months after admitting conspiracy to defraud.
The company’s accountant, Daniel Forsyth pleaded guilty to the same charge and was handed sentenced to four years and four months in prison.
A search of the 34-year-old’s home in Kingsleigh Walk, Bromley discovered a portable hard drive linking him to the fraud.
Paul Thompson let the fraudulent company pay £50,000 into his personal bank account, money which was later withdrawn in cash.
The 29-year-old from Parkside Avenue, Bromley was sentenced to three months imprisonment, suspended for two years, for money laundering by concealing criminal property.
He must also complete 150 hours unpaid work.
The company’s director, 64-year-old Alan Mill was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment for conspiracy to defraud.
Dean Hempseed from Hayes was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiracy to defraud.
An audio clip of the 35-year-old’s aggressive sales technique can be heard in this article.