Conmen told to pay back £40k

Two men who conned the elderly out of money for mobility aids they never delivered have been ordered to pay back over £40,000.

Father and son Shane and Laurence Johnson, of Kegworth, Leicestershire, were each ordered to pay more than £20,000 from money they obtained illegally through their business, Nottingham Mobility at Notts Crown Court on 16th February.

Both were jailed for 12 months in July last year for offences under the Consumer Protection for Unfair Trading Regulations.

They sold mobility products such as scooters and stair lifts. Following last week’s ruling, Shane Johnson, 55, must pay £20,470.64 within six months or face another 12 months in jail. Almost £8,500 will be paid out in compensation to five victims, including one from Harworth, who are still owed money.

Laurence Johnson, 27, must pay back £1,000 within six months or be jailed for 28 days. The outstanding monies Laurence Johnson gained through his criminal activity can be recovered at a later date, if he acquires new assets.

The compensation will be paid to five victims, with amounts ranging from £60 to £5,500.

One of the victims, a 93-year-old man from Harworth, will get £5,500 back that he handed over for a variety of mobility products that were not delivered.

He was visited five times in one year by Nottingham Mobility, on one occasion buying a mobility scooter to replace a model he’d only bought from them one month earlier.