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Rogue Trader pleads guilty to ripping off 94 year old lady

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Zachary O’Connor, 33, of Lancaster appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today admitting two charges of Fraud and two charges of engaging as a trader in a commercial practice which was aggressive.

His offending occurred in South Cumbria in 2018 when he visited his victim, a 93 year old vulnerable lady who lives alone, telling her she needed work doing on her roof. She was told it would cost £2,300 which later increased to £4000. The victim did not agree to the work being done, however O’Connor proceeded anyway. Some of the work was carried out to a very poor standard and the rest left incomplete. A concerned neighbour alerted Trading Standards and the Police.

O’Connor is well known to the service having been prosecuted by the team in 2010 for similar offences & receiving a custodial sentence.

He will be sentenced on 6th February with the Judge indicating it was highly likely that he would be going to jail.

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