Fraudsters sentenced

CON ARTISTS who targeted people in the Algarve, UK and Spain were sentenced at Preston Crown Court in England last week and the family at the heart of the scam received a total of 15 years in prison.

Nigel Hudson, 49, pleaded guilty to obtaining profit by deception and conspiracy to launder money, and was sentenced to a total of eight years and six months.

His 26-year-old wife, Sarah Hudson, was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment after being convicted by a jury of two conspiracy charges. The judge said that Mark Hudson, 21, had been under his father’s influence, but had shown some of the same traits and was sentenced to a total four years in prison.

Prison terms ranging from three to five years were also handed down to four other men linked to the damp proofing scam and another received a suspended sentence.

The former partner of Mark Hudson, Roxanne Johnson, aged 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obtain property by deception and was given a 50-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, with 12 months supervision.

Successful investigation

The scam was brought to its knees in November 2006 following a “successful investigation” with “excellent teamwork between the police, Trading Standards and parties abroad, such as The Resident”, said a spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary.

They duped thousands of people to part with their money using hard sell tactics and targeted the elderly, in particular.

None of the victims of the scam have received any financial compensation.

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