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Orpington pensioner's home saved after Trading Standards stop rogue trader

PUBLISHED: 11:46 18 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:46 18 March 2016

The builders offered to do repair works on the pensioners house

The builders offered to do repair works on the pensioners house

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A man has been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud

A man has been found guilty of trying to con a 78-year-old man out of his home.

Lawrence Rooney, 46, tricked his victim into signing over his Orpington home, after the 78-year-old said he couldn’t pay for property repairs.

The victim thought he had agreed for the work to be done, and the £300,000 house would be sold after he died, which is when the builders would be paid.

This was despite the Orpington man not knowing the cost of the work as he had not been given any paperwork.

But Rooney, from Sheffield Road Saxilby, Lincolnshire, took the pensioner to Sutton to sign paperwork effectively signing over the house.

Another man then told the victim he would have to leave the house.

Rooney was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud at a trial at Inner London Crown Court.

A sentencing hearing will be held in April.

Executive member for public protection and safety, Kate Lymer, said: “This was a terrible way to treat an older man, tricking him into signing over his home where he had lived as an adult for 45 years and previously grew up in with his parents.

“We are now working with his family solicitors to ensure the property is rightly transferred back to him.”

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