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Scam builders guilty of £1m fraud

A gang of builders in Gloucestershire has been found guilty of conning householders out of nearly £1m.

Mark Dixon, Nicholas Harris Matthew Higgins were convicted of conspiracy to defraud at Bristol Crown Court.

The court heard they ran two linked firms called Construction Management Development Ltd and CMD Services Ltd.

They conned more than 50 people in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Bristol, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, and Kent. They would collect as much money for the jobs up-front as possible and then disappear without finishing the work.

Dixon had previously been made the subject of an order by a judge at the Mercantile Court in Bristol in 2006 banning him from “unacceptable” building trade practices.

The gang would target householders who had been granted planning permission for extensions.

The BBC reports that one victim was quoted £238,000 for work and was conned out of £20,000.

The gang are also to face a proceeds-of-crime trial hearing in an attempt to recover as much cash and assets back as possible.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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