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Builders merchants defrauded by hard-up teenager

Branches of Travis Perkins were among a number of builders merchants conned by an out-of-work Cumbrian teenager.
Scott Geoffrey Willets, a former construction worker, wore his former work jacket to make 11 visits to builders’ merchants, acquiring a total of £2,696 of equipment in his former company’s name, goods which he intended to sell on. However, he in turn was not paid for any of the goods he passed on.

The 19-year-old admitted five charges of fraud by false representation at Carlisle magistrates court, according to a report in the Carlisle News and Star. He also asked that another six be taken into consideration.

Using the names S Wilson and S Wilkinson, Willets travelled to branches of Travis Perkins in Carlisle, Penrith and Workington, plus Carlisle Glass and WM Plant.

On one trip to Travis Perkins in Carlisle, he left with £1,408 of items in his Vauxhall Vectra.

Willets was given a 12-month supervision order and community order, as well as 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay compensation of £416, in recognition of his limited means.

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