Crooked door-to-door salesman ordered to pay £60,000

 12/10/2017

​A CROOKED door-to-door salesman has been ordered to pay £60,000 to his victims following an investigation by police.
 
Hardeep Singh, 47, admitted three charges of engaging in aggressive commercial practices and one of converting criminal property at Durham Crown Court on Tuesday.
 
Mr Singh, of Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, targeted elderly people and made them pay over the odds for clothing which he sold at their home.
 
PC Scott Crowhurst, who ran the investigation from 2014 to 2015, said: “Singh targeted vulnerable people and persuaded pensioners to part with their money and signed blank cheques.
 
“This was a lengthy investigation which led to charges of fraud by abuse of position, money laundering and aggressive trading.”
 
Singh has previous convictions relating to theft where he sold clothing to elderly victims in their home and distracted them to steal their money.
 
PC Crowhurst added: “It is clear that Mr Singh did not learn his lesson the first time. We are pleased that Singh has been brought to account and made to pay a significant fee to his victims.”
 
Singh will have to repay the money in the next three months or face 12 months in jail, the judge, Recorder Eric Elliott, QC, told him.