Mansfield salesman behind £50,000 mobility aid scam set to be sentenced

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By sarahlnewall | Thursday, January 03, 2013, 11:05

A MANSFIELD mobility aid salesman who conned £50,000 from vulnerable people is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

Darren Sharpe, 42, who is currently on remand but previously lived in The Park, Mansfield, has pleaded guilty to participating in a fraudulent business dating from January 2011 to April 2011 and fraudulent trading dating from April 2011 to January 2012. 

Nottinghamshire County Council's Trading Standards began the investigation into the case following dozens of complaints.

Sharpe has also pleaded guilty to nine offences under section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006 put to him by Derbyshire Police and five fraud offences put by South Yorkshire Police. 

Sharpe worked under the company name of Ideal Mobility Solutions and the company was alleged to have missold ordinary mattress covers that were claimed to have health benefits for ailments such as bad backs and stiff joints. 

They were sold for up to £300 each when they were only worth around £30. 

He will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court.



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