A group of fraudsters who funded lavish lifestyles by scamming elderly victims across Essex have been convicted of their crimes.
Damien Salter, Samantha Rogers, Paul Masters, Lucy Palmer and Christopher Barnes targeted vulnerable people in areas including Leigh on Sea and Clacton.
They overcharged for work on properties – and also carried out duties that weren’t necessary or disclosed beforehand.
Essex Police has described the fees charged as extortionate – and praised the sophisticated operation of the force.
Sentencing will take place late in September.