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A rogue builder who conned a pensioner from South Devon out of more than £100,000 has been jailed for five years. It's the second time Johnathon Mills has been sent to prison for this type of crime.
His victim lost most of her life savings for repairs and improvements that were charged at five times the normal rates.
A cowboy builder from Newton Abbot, has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to unfair trading and fraud offences following an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service.
Exeter Crown Court heard how Jonathon Mills cheated an elderly Devon resident out of nearly £120,000 by overcharging her for various building works at her property, including some work which was also unnecessary.
Mr Mills, who was sentenced to three years in prison in 2001 for similar offences, gained the trust of his elderly victim after she contacted him having seen his advert in a local publication. Over the next two years he then issued her with forty invoices totalling charges of £119,722.14