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Plumber admits fraud charges
Updated 10:21am Friday 28th February 2014 in News
A KIDDERMINSTER plumber who avoided a jail term after hitting a vulnerable pensioner with a bill of over £2,200 after being called to his Oldbury home to repair a leak has now admitted another 13 charges of fraud.
Steven Greenaway used his status as a self-employed plumber responding to emergency calls to defraud customers in their own homes by grossly overcharging them for work and materials.
The 41 year old presented a Cradley Heath woman with a bill for £1,527 when an expert estimated a fair and reasonable cost for the work carried out would have been in the region of £132.50
That represented an overcharge of over 600% by Greenaway who also charged another Warley family £1,200 for work an expert felt should have taken no more than two hours to complete.
Greenaway of Marlpool Lane pleaded guilty to the 13 charges when he appeared before Recorder Anthony Potter at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
He denied a further 11 charges involving fraud and furnishing false information and Mr Mark Jackson for the prosecution said those pleas were accepted.
The Recorder remanded Greenaway on bail until March 24 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report with a condition he continues to reside at his home address.
Greenaway told the 78 year old Huntington's sufferer at Oldbury he needed a new bath at his home in Pound Road when the work was totally unecessary.
He pleaded not guilty to two charges of fraud but he was convicted by a jury after they retired to consider the evidence at the end of his trial in Wolverhamapton.
Greenaway was then given a 12 month Supervision Order, ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the community and to pay £500 compensation to his victim.
Mr Christopher O'Gorman defending the convicted fraudster told Recorder Potter many of the new offences were committed at the same time as the two earlier crimes.