Builder Anthony Mander jailed after duping 17 victims
A builder has been jailed for three years and nine months for defrauding 17 vulnerable people out of £27,000 for work he failed to complete.
Anthony Mander, 50, from Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty in January to 29 counts of fraud which took place between 2008 and 2011.
The court heard he targeted people in the Newcastle-under-Lyme area who paid upfront for the work.
Mander was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Sentencing judge Paul Glenn heard the work ranged from fitting windows to replacing boilers and gas fires.
Staffordshire County Council's trading standards team said it was confident there were other victims who had not yet come forward.
Speaking after sentencing, Pat Corfield, the county council's cabinet member for communities, said: "This was a despicable crime committed against some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
"Mander targeted his victims because he saw them as being more vulnerable.
"He has caused a great deal of misery and it is pleasing to see this sentence brought against him."