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Conman's 'secretary' cashed bogus cheque

PUBLISHED: 17:25 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 August 2010

AN ACCOMPLICE to a rogue trader has been sentenced to 200 hours community service after admitting to cashing a cheque for £6,000 for bogus roof repairs.

AN ACCOMPLICE to a rogue trader has been sentenced to 200 hours community service after admitting to cashing a cheque for £6,000 for bogus roof repairs.

Louise Rogers, 22, from St Paul's Cray pleaded guilty to two charges of money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Croydon Crown Court on April 22.

She was caught by police and Bromley council's Trading Standards after she cashed a cheque made out by a woman in her 80s who had been targeted by a rogue roofer.

It emerged that during the offence, in August 2007, that the elderly victim had been duped into spending thousand of pounds on repairs valued at a few pounds, and that she was being pressed to pay a further £14,000.

An independent examination of the roof showed no repairs were necessary. A man was later arrested but no charges were brought due to a lack of evidence. The £6,000 cheque from the victim was made payable to Ms Rogers who was described by the builder as being the company secretary. She initially denied any knowledge of the money going into the account and denied any knowledge of the builder or the victim but later admitted the charges in court. Bromley council has made an application for a confiscation order which will be heard at a later date. Anyone concerned by traders operating in the area should call the Trading Standards Rapid Response team on 07903 852090.

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