Warrant issued for conman after attempted £8,500 scam on elderly victim

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A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a conman who tried to fleece an elderly woman of thousands of pounds.

Jonathan Keogh and builder James Dolan tried to charge £8,500 for building work which was worth very little, Durham Crown Court heard.

Dolan took £4,700 in cash from the 85-year-old woman form Chester-le-Street and a cheque for £3,800.

He gave the cheque to accomplice Keogh to pay in at Barclays Bank, in Peterlee.

The court was told a vigilant bank clerk refused to process the transaction. Dolan, 26, of Greenacres Stables, Haswell, admitted fraud. Keogh, 28, of Station Road, Easington Colliery, denied acquiring the cheque as criminal property.

Keogh was convicted after a trial in February.

Both men were due to be sentenced at Durham Crown Court last week.

Dolan turned up, but Keogh did not and the Recorder, Ms Taryn Turner, issued a warrant for Keogh’s arrest.

Recorder Turner ruled both men should be sentenced together. Dolan was bailed to a date to be fixed.