Four men have been charged following an investigation into four rogue trader incidents in Hampshire.
It follows incidents that are alleged to have occurred during February and March in the north of the county and in bordering police areas.
During the incidents it is alleged that elderly members of the public were charged excessive amounts for roofing work that was often not needed and then driven to the bank to withdraw cash.
The incidents are:
• February 18 – A couple in their 80s were charged £4700 in Aldershot. Workman were about to drive them to their bank to withdraw a further £5000 when a neighbour intervened.
• February 21 – A 79-year-old woman was charged £5000 in Camberley
• February 21 – A 69-year-old man was quoted £10,000 but paid £4000 in Farnborough
• March 29 – An 84-year-old woman from Basingstoke was driven to the bank to withdraw £4000 but an off duty member of police staff intervened.
The following men have been charged with Conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation:
• Andrew Doe, 21, from Foxborough Close in Slough
• Billy Doe, 19, from Foxborough Close in Slough
• Jessie James, 30, from Ditton Road in Slough
• Kevin Haines, 31, from Lower Elmstone Drive in Reading.
Andrew Doe has also been charged with money laundering offences.
All of the men have been bailed to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Thursday, July 24.