Rogue trader jailed for conning man out of £23,000 of savings

A rogue trader has been jailed for 27 months for defrauding a Cardiff man of out of more than £23,000 of his life savings.

South Wales Police says Martin Flynn, 45, approached his victim in the street outside his house in Cathays in March last year offering to restore his external stonework.

After gaining his trust, Flynn charged excessive amounts for house repairs and building work that was either overpriced or not completed including £4,000 to restore stone work and £5,700 for new windows.

He then convinced his victim to pay £5,000 to become a silent business partner and asked for a further £3,750 towards a new business van.

The fraud was uncovered by Cardiff CID who were called to investigate a burglary at the victim’s house.

Flynn, from Abergavenny, admitted two counts of fraud and was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court, a Proceeds of Crime hearing will take place in July.