Police have welcomed the 15-month jail term handed to a man who duped people out of thousands of pounds for unnecessary repairs to their homes.
George Flannigan, 24, made numerous victims living in the Buckie area think they needed work carried out, charging them thousands of pounds in the process.
Flannigan was jailed today when he appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court for sentencing.
Officers arrested Flannigan following the incidents in 2015 and 2016 and he has since been ordered to pay back £11,000 to one of his vulnerable victims.
DC Frank McDermott, who led the investigation, said: “Flannigan preyed on people’s good and trusting natures, making them believe he was working in their best interest. The reality is the repairs were never required and Flannigan left numerous victims financially and emotionally devastated.
“I would like to thank all those who contacted Police when they had suspicions about Flannigan’s actions. Targeting someone because they are older or more vulnerable makes this type of behaviour even more deplorable, so it is critical we act quickly to bring bogus workmen like him to justice.
“I hope this conviction encourages people to have belief that these crimes are taken seriously by Police and that we make every effort to bring those responsible to court.”