Con crew told to pay back £1.3m

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COWBOY builders who conned elderly people out of their life savings have been slapped with a massive bill to compensate their victims.

The Cleveleys-based Tomney family, Frank Snr, 55, and his twin sons Frank Jnr and Thomas, 21, were jailed for 15 years in November following a massive police operation.

The trio carried out substandard work out to driveways for extortionate amounts of money, in some cases causing significant damage.

Now courts have ordered the family, who targeted addresses across the Fylde, to compensate their victims after seizing cash under the Proceeds Of Crime Act.

Following their sentence, a confiscation order was put in place with the Tomneys having to pay back £955,264.47 or face further time in jail.

A further £369,955 has now been seized from Thomas and Frank Snr and forfeited to the courts. Part of the cash will be used to compensate the Tomney’s victims in what is potentially a legal first.

Det Insp Tim Leeson, from Lancashire Police, said: “The Tomneys deliberately hoarded away the money they made by conning vulnerable victims so they would avoid scrutiny from the tax man.

“Their shoddy and often dangerous building work has left many people out of pocket, and in some cases has decimated pensioners’ life savings.

“It’s extremely gratifying this money is being used to compensate victims.

“Hopefully this will allow them to put this terrible experience behind them.”

Police deemed the money was not amassed legally and the forfeiture order was made to strip the family of the cash.

Separate orders were made by the district judge for the money to be returned to the 42 civil case victims, who reported the Tomneys to Trading Standards between 2005 – 2009.

The orders totalled £152,094, with the remainder of the cash being forfeited and removed from family. For advice contact Trading Standards on 08454 040506 or visit www.consumerdirect.gov