Two unlicensed tradies accused of ripping off elderly residents in Australia have been charged for fraud and forgery.
Police say that the men targeted elderly members of the community, particularly those living alone and committed offences by convincing the victims to have unnecessary work done, such as house painting, pest control, driveway cleaning and roof repairs.
They alleged the men were not licensed to conduct that type of work and were grossly overcharging, altering cheques and charging for work that was never completed.
The men, aged 28 and 25, are accused of convincing more than 40 elderly people to fork out huge sums of money for repair work they did not need. Gympie detectives believe the men have been active in the Gympie, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Brisbane areas over the past two or three years.
“At this stage, over 40 victims have been identified as part of the investigation and fraudulently obtained over $100,000,” a Queensland Police spokesman said.
“Detectives are appealing to anyone that may have had dealings with the men or have had work done at their house that they are suspicious about to contact them.”
A 28-year-old man was charged on January 8 with three counts of fraud and one count each of forgery, unlicensed driving and utter (forge bank cheque).
A second man, a 25-year-old, was charged on January 9 with four counts of fraud, two counts of receiving tainted property and one of stealing.
Both men have been remanded in custody and are due to appear in the Gympie Magistrates Court on February 4.
It comes after a woman revealed her agony after losing $156,000 of her life savings to cruel scammers who are targeting elderly residents in Australia.
Meredith Cooper, 78, admitted she now feels ashamed and “a fool” for falling for the con which, like many similar ones across the country, saw a group of men knock on her door in Sydney following the recent horrific storms and convince her that she needed extensive, and expensive, home repairs doing.
Appearing on Channel 9’s A Current Affair on Thursday night, she explained the men – who were led by a man calling himself ‘John’ – claimed her roof was flooded “like a swimming pool” following the wild weather, needing urgent repairs.
“They lifted a couple of tiles and they said that the roof was totally flooded it was like a swimming pool,” she said on the show.