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Heating Oil Fraudsters Plead Guilty

25th April 2013 All News and Offers

A pair of fraudsters set up bogus websites and tricked people into paying for home heating oil which was never delivered.

A court heard Wesley Brattley and Terry Hargreaves ripped off 30 people who between them paid more than £12,000 before the scam was discovered.

Brattley, of Clark Lane, Richmond Hill, Leeds, was jailed for 16 months yesterday after pleading guilty to two offences of fraud.

Hargreaves, of Pontefract Lane, East End Park, Leeds, pleaded guilty to fraud, acquiring criminal property and converting criminal property.

Ben Thomas, prosecuting, said Brattley set up sites called heatingdelivery.co.uk and wholesalepriceheatingoil.co.uk. Hargreaves allowed his bank account to be used to receive payments.

One customer paid around £450 in the expectation that 900 litres of home heating oil would be delivered to their homes.

The websites were shut down after police were contacted by the victims when no oil was delivered.

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