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Thirty months’ imprisonment for north Staffordshire fraudster

A fraudster has been jailed for 30 months for conning people out of money for window repairs which were not carried out.

Anthony Mander, aged 54, of Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today for four fraud offences, which took place across north Staffordshire between May 2014 and August 2016. He gained over £4,000 from his victims, with one paying out £2,863. In addition, Mander had claimed to have a police affiliation for window fitting. Mander, who has previous fraud convictions, failed to give his full name to the victims.

Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team carried out the investigation. Sentencing today, Recorder Abigail Nixon said Mander had a ‘history of dishonesty’ and had abused his position of trust with vulnerable residents. Mander was also handed an indefinite Criminal Behaviour Order.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said:

Mander targeted his victims and had no intention of finishing the work he contracted for. This was deliberate fraud and this has been reflected in the sentence. The primary job of our trading standards team is to support Staffordshire businesses. However we will take the necessary action when we find individuals or companies behaving in this way.
“It is always best to go with a reputable company; perhaps someone who has been recommended by friends or family or using a trader who is a member of TrustMark – the government endorsed standards scheme – or our own Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Trader Register Scheme.”