Cowboy builder who cheated widower with Parkinson’s out of his £31,000 life savings after writing bogus five-star online reviews is jailed for three years
- Jordan Hare, 31, of Pontprennau, Cardiff, targeted man in his 60s in South Wales
- Cardiff Crown Court heard Hare conned his victim with the forged testimonials
- The Parkinson’s sufferer was Hare’s first client and the firm not registered to him
- Hare pleaded guilty to fraud after a Caerphilly trading standards investigation
A cowboy builder cheated a widower out of his £31,000 life savings after writing bogus five-star reviews online.
Jordan Hare, 31, from Pontprennau, Cardiff, targeted the Parkinson’s sufferer to ‘milk him dry’ by charging him thousands for shoddy building work.
The man in his 60s was looking to modify his new home in Risca, near Newport, South Wales, for his son who suffers from ‘significant medical difficulties’.
A court heard Hare conned his victim with the forged testimonials from fake customers and left his home in a ‘dangerous condition’.
Jordan Hare, 31, from Pontprennau, Cardiff, targeted the Parkinson’s sufferer to ‘milk him dry’
The shoddy bathroom work completed by Hare which he claimed to deliver ‘outstanding service’
Hare tricked him with the glowing reviews online for his Platinum Installs company before carrying out botched renovations around the house.
Prosecutor Thomas Stanway said the work was not even the ‘standard of an acceptable DIY job’
The website for Platinum Installs site vowed to deliver showroom-quality work with fake five-star testimonials promising ‘outstanding service’.
The Parkinson’s sufferer was Hare’s first client, the court heard and a Companies House check revealed a firm under that name did exist in the UK but was not registered to Hare.
Prosecutor Thomas Stanway said: ‘The work he carried out was to a particularly poor quality and in some cases dangerous.
‘It wasn’t even to the standard of an acceptable DIY job.
‘A surveyor found much of it sub-standard, unnecessary and unsafe. The property was left in a dangerous condition.
Hare of Pontprennau, Cardiff pleaded guilty to fraud after a Caerphilly trading standards investigation
But Hare’s shoddy work was so bad Cardiff Crown Court heard it would cost around £21,000 to correct it.
In a victim impact statement, Hare’s victim said: ‘He has devastated my life in so many ways. It has made me lose trust in everyone.
‘I feel foolish for letting him deceive me. He was callous and heartless after he had befriended my son and I.
In some cases the work was described as being dangerous, prosecutor Thomas Stanway told the court
‘I am totally destroyed. I have no money left. The work is so poor that most of it will have to be replaced.
‘My relationship with my son has suffered as a result. It has honestly broken my heart.’
Hare, of Pontprennau, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to fraud after a Caerphilly trading standards investigation.
Ed Mitchard, defending, said: ‘The best mitigation is his guilty plea. He accepts that the work he carried out was over and above his technical abilities.’
Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke told Hare: ‘Both the defendant and his son suffer from significant medical difficulties.
‘The work you carried out wasn’t even to the standard of a DIY enthusiast and it was dangerous.
‘You milked your victim for virtually every penny he had.’
Hare was jailed for three years and nine months.
Speaking after the case, Caerphilly trading standards said: ‘This is one of the worst cases we have come across and the sentence reflects the harm his actions caused to the victim and his family.
‘Sadly, this is not an isolated incident as vulnerable consumers are targeted.’