REO Marketing bosses admit unfair sales charges

Two ex-bosses of a Derbyshire mobility aids firm have admitted using illegal sales methods on elderly customers.

At Derby Crown Court, Rodney Stone, 63, of Bamford Avenue, North Wingfield, admitted 15 charges of using unfair or aggressive commercial practices.

Geoffrey Moore, 48, of Nethermoor Road, Wingerworth, Chesterfield plead guilty to nine similar charges.

Trading standards said REO Marketing Limited used bullying techniques and inflated prices to make quick profits.

'Fear and worry'

Stone was the director and Moore the sales manager of the Chesterfield-based company, which was officially wound up earlier this year.

REO Marketing Limited sold scooters, stair lifts, beds, and wheelchairs across England.

Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers began investigating the firm after receiving 37 complaints between February and October 2010.

The authority said it was one of the largest ever investigations of its kind in the county.

Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "This has been a long and complex investigation for our trading standards team and we are delighted to bring these men to justice.

"They caused fear and worry to many vulnerable members of society by their illegal sales tactics and drive for profit."

Cases against two other employees are ongoing.

They will reappear at Derby Crown Court for sentencing on 13 September.

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