Pair jailed after £50,000 mobility aid scam

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By sarahlnewall | Monday, January 07, 2013, 12:42

TWO mobility aid salesmen who conned £50,000 from vulnerable people have received a combined sentence of six and a half years at Nottingham Crown Court.

Darren Sharpe, 44, who was on remand but previously lived in The Park, Mansfield, 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. 

He also pleaded guilty to a further 14 charges under the Fraud Act 2006. 

He sold 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, but were only worth around £30. 

He also sold mobility aids such as mobility scooters and stair lifts and beds.

Sharpe has been sentenced to five years in prison and Christopher Andrew Simpson, 47, of Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, pleaded guilty to participating in a fraudulent business dating from January 2011 to April 2011 and fraudulent trading from April 2011 to June 2011. 

Simpson has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. 

      

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