Martin Alun Evans pleaded not guilty to defrauding six elderly home owners

Herefordshire Council has won an enforcement case against a rogue trader found guilty of defrauding six elderly home owners aged between 66 and 81 years old.

Martin Alun Evans, 41, from Pandy on the Herefordshire/ Monmouthshire border, was today (Monday 2 October 2017) given a two year suspended prison sentenced for defrauding six elderly home owners out of more than £27,000.

Mr Evans was found guilty at Worcester Crown Court following a two week trial in August. He was ordered to carry out 260 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months. A Proceeds of Crime application was made and the financial affairs of Mr Evans and his business Eco Solutions will be examined with a view to obtaining compensation for the victims and court costs.

In a case taken by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards service, Mr Evans was found to have grossly overcharged for poor quality and unnecessary work – charging up to seven times the fair cost for wall, roof and driveway coatings.

Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s Head of Regulatory and Development Management Services, said:

“Tackling rogue traders who target vulnerable residents is a priority for Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards team. Mr Evans’ prosecution sends out a message to other rogues out there to stay away from Herefordshire.

“We would advise residents not to respond to cold callers or flyers and always get a second opinion when having extensive work done to your property or garden.”

For advice on how to be scam aware, visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/scams

Published: 2nd October 2017