Nottinghamshire UK Mobility Plus conman Carl Mould jailed

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A serial conman who duped elderly and vulnerable people into paying him £70,000 has been jailed for five years.

Carl Mould, 48, from Riverside Way, Colwick, posed as a doctor to sell fake medicines as well as mobility aids.

He pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud and one count of theft at Nottingham Crown Court.

Nicola Schofield from Nottinghamshire Trading Standards said Mould's fraud had been carried out "on a massive scale".

Victims over 65

She said Mould had posed as a doctor to gain people's trust and some of his victims thought he was linked to social services.

"He would ring people up and arrange to go and see them saying he would sell them mobility aids," she said.

"Posing as a doctor was a way of getting into people's property and persuading them to purchase things they wouldn't necessarily need."

She added Mould had taken £44,485 off one couple for a range of mobility aids, including a hot tub.

Mould was previously jailed for four months in September 2012 after he ignored a warning over selling goods to elderly people.

He sold items under the guise of UK Mobility Plus and Britannia Homecare Solutions Ltd, which were both based in Epperstone, Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire County Council began receiving complaints about UK Mobility Plus in January 2010.

In 12 months, about 120 complaints were made by customers from across the UK.

All of them were made by victims aged over 65, the council said.

Some of the items, such as mattresses, were the wrong specifications when delivered.

He also misled customers by giving them false discounts for overpriced items, trading standards said.

Ms Schofield added she hoped his sentence would send out a message to other potential fraudsters.

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