A rogue tradesman who scammed clients out of more than £11,000 has had sentencing deferred to allow victims to be repaid.
Self-employed joiner Ian Wilson used a fake name to con five victims to part with thousands of pounds between September 2015 and January 2016. The 59-year-old fled to England after being rumbled.
Wilson previously pled guilty to five charges of fraud amounting to £11,500, involving victims in Broughty Ferry, Monifieth and Edinburgh.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard he introduced himself as Ian Howard to potential victims in pubs around Broughty Ferry.
Wilson offered a new acquaintance a “good deal” to replace his kitchen and bathroom. He took a £2,600 cash deposit for the work on the property at Leemont Drive.
The victim’s son also asked Wilson to do work on his home in Cross Street and handed over £2,200 for a new shower pod.
However, the work was not completed and the shower pod never arrived. Wilson also took £1,000 from an 81-year-old for work on her bathroom at Redcastle Crescent but failed to carry out the renovations.
Other victims included a resident of Waterside in Monifieth, defrauded of £2,700, and another of Abercorn Terrace, Edinburgh, who lost £3,000.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentencing until April 14 to allow repayments to be made.