Trial date set for “bogus workmen” in Fife

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Two men are to stand trial accused of defrauding almost £15,000 from elderly householders in an alleged “bogus workman” scam.

Arron Jones and Robert Mitchell are accused of targeting people aged between 63 and 87 at addresses in Fife over the course of two months.

Mitchell first targeted Helen Bruce (76), at an address in Ceres, where he is accused of pretending roofing work was required when he knew it was not and inducing her to pay him £4200 on May 29 last year.

He then went to Doreen Robertson (81), in Leslie, and conned her into handing over £380 for works and a guarantee on work done that he had no intention of doing.

Jones and Mitchell are both accused of targeting Anne Hughes (63), in the same street and defrauding her out of £500 on the same day in an identical alleged fraud.

And between June 19 and July 4, 2014 at an address in Cupar the pair are accused of defrauding £8000 from Irene Horsburgh (86), by claiming they would provide works and a warranty on works that they had no intention of providing.

Prosecutors say that on the same dates in St Andrews they carried out a further idential offence against Joan Redman (87), this time netting £1500.

Jones (23), of Ivanhoe Drive, Glenrothes, and Mitchell (26), of Dick Crescent, Burntisland, denied the charges of fraud against them when they appeared on indictment at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Sheriff George Way set a trial date during a jury assize commencing on September 28 and ordered the pair to attend a pre-trial hearing earlier that month.