Rogue trader jailed in Swansea
A serial rogue trader has been convicted by Swansea Crown Court for unfair trading, fraud, benefit fraud and copyright offences.
The convictions follow a joint investigation between the Ceredigion Council’s Trading Standards Section and Heddlu Dyfed-Poyws Police’s CID.
Peter Gilmore, formerly of Comins Coch but more recently residing in Cribyn, targeted elderly people living alone across Ceredigion and also in Powys and Carmarthenshire. He has now been jailed for 22 months.
Councillor Gethin James, Cabinet Member for the Department of Environmental Services and Housing, said: “This conviction shows that rogue traders who target the vulnerable in our community will not go unpunished. Rogue traders committing offences in Ceredigion can expect to be investigated and brought before the courts.
The Department’s officers will work with other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the offenders are punished for the full range of their criminal behaviour and that they do not benefit from their criminality.
Officers examined his lifestyle and, as well as working with the local CID, they liaised with colleagues across the Council and the Department of Work and Pensions to identify the full extent of his fraudulent benefit claims. The Council is now assisting Heddlu Dyfed Powys Police to seize his ill-gotten gains through asset recovery proceedings.
This conviction would not have been possible without the courage of his victims who were willing to support the investigation. Rogue traders often target the vulnerable in our society, but our witnesses have been shown to be far from that by their steadfastness and commitment in supporting the prosecution.”