43 year old Roy Stratford has been jailed for four and a half years after admitting two fraud charges for posing as a roofer despite having no professional experience in the trade.
The Met Police say he conned two elderly couples in their 80s in Hillingdon, into paying him around £42,000 for work that was never carried out in the summer of 2013.
They say the shock of being defrauded was followed by one of his victims suffering a fatal heart attack.
Stratford gave the false name Roy Loveridge when posing as a roofer.
In July 2013 he visited an elderly couple in Uxbridge and claimed their roof was leaking.
After two days he said the work had been completed and charged £26,000.
The couple feared the work had not been carried out and arranged for an independent survey to be conducted.
It was discovered only some work to the roof felting had been done.
Over a 7 day period, Mr Stratford targeted other houses in a similar fashion.
During one visit he persuaded a family to part with £16,000.
None of the money has been recovered by the police.
Detective Constable Anji Dawson said:
Throughout this investigation, Stratford has never given an explanation for his actions nor has he shown any remorse for his crimes. Stratford is quite simply a cowboy and a coward who targeted and exploited the elderly and vulnerable for his own financial gain. He tricked his way into their homes and conned them out of their life savings.
I hope that Stratford’s imprisonment brings some form of justice to his victims and their families. This sentence serves as a clear reminder we will use every means available to us to catch those whose intent is to defraud the public and bring them to justice with the strongest and most compelling evidence against them.
I would like to remind the public to always ask to see the identification of front door callers to verify who they are. If you suspect something suspicious about that person, close the door immediately and contact the police.