North West Wales

Fraudster Rhian Jones to repay £262k from building scam

John Leslie Davies of Waunfawr, Gwynedd
Image caption A hearing to discuss Davies's gains has yet to be held

A woman who helped her partner con money out of elderly women over building work has been ordered to repay £262,000, or serve an extra two years.

Rhian Jones, 50, was jailed at Mold Crown Court last year for two years for defrauding vulnerable pensioners, including one woman who lost £90,000.

Jones's partner, John Davies, 67, was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

The judge who sentenced the pair, from Waunfawr, Gwynedd, said their crimes had been "truly appalling".

They befriended elderly women from Llanystumdwy, Pwllheli and Abergele - aged 80, 75 and 74 - took money from them, and charged them exorbitant prices for work on their homes, some of it unnecessary.

The pair went on foreign holidays and cruises with some of the proceeds.

Jones appeared at Mold Crown Court on Monday for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The court heard her criminal benefit from the enterprise was £262,338.

Judge Niclas Parry ordered that cash held in three bank accounts should be handed over within 28 days.

He allowed nine months for the remaining £175,000 to be paid from the sale of her home.

A financial hearing for Davies will be held at a later date.

He pleaded guilty to 18 charges of fraud, theft, concealing criminal property and procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception.

Jones had denied five charges but was unanimously convicted at a trial in December 2011.

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