A fraudster workman who deliberately targeted three elderly people has been jailed for 26 months.
A 92-year-old man from Samlesbury was among Christopher McKillop’s victims.
Judge Anthony Russell QC, sitting at Preston Crown Court, said: “ This was a very, very mean type of offence and you knew you were taking advantage of elderly and vulnerable people”.
MicKillop, 33, of Russell Terrace, Padiham, Burnley, persuaded his victim to pay £3,200 for rewiring work.
Lucy Wright, prosecuting, said he went by taxi with McKillop to Yorkshire Bank in Preston. During the journey, he claimed to be the elderly man’s grandson.
He asked the cabbie to wait for him, while he took the man inside but never emerged to pay the £41 bill.
The victim tried to withdraw £3,200 and McKillop started to intervene and asked the bank to send out a new card and pin number to the pensioner.
Miss Wright added: “The cashier was suspicious of the defendant’s behaviour. She thought the circumstances were unusual.
“The elderly man was invited into a private room on his own, for questioning further. The defendant left when he did that”.
McKillop also got more than £900 from an 80-year-old woman and hundreds of pounds from a man in East Lancashire.
He was convicted of engaging in unfair commercial practice and three counts of dishonestly making false representations. He admitted attempting to commit fraud and making off without payment.
Jon Close, defending, said McKillop was not an intelligent man and was “something of a lightening rod who was used”.