Mother and son face charges

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A mother and son accused of defrauding a 66-year-old woman of more than £70,000 have made their first appearance in court.

Lawrence Howard is alleged to have overcharged for work, which should have cost £1,350, at the pensioner’s home in Cleveleys.

The work done is said to have included power-washing the patio and roof tiles.

Howard is alleged to have told the pensioner she would be reimbursed by a Government grant scheme.

Howard, 37, of Rosebery Avenue, South Shore, Blackpool, is charged with a £71,650 fraud.

His mother, Mary Howard, 66, also of Rosebery Avenue, who was pushed into court in a wheelchair, is accused of money laundering £71,650.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2009 and September last year.

The defendants were bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on September 3 by Blackpool magistrates.