Two men who scammed millions of pounds from 760 vulnerable victims in a fraudulent solar panel scheme were yesterday ordered to pay confiscation totalling more than £400,00.
Stephen Wilson and Robert Ross were two of six men convicted for their part in the Solar Energy Savings Ltd scam, which manipulated victims with deceitful sales techniques and false guarantees of reimbursement to sell and install solar panels.
It led to each victim losing substantial sums including some of their hard-earned savings or pensions.
Mr Wilson will pay £220,000 and Mr Ross will pay £193,206.10, the full amount of which will go towards compensating victims of their fraud.
Liz Baker, head of Proceeds of Crime and International Assistance said: “These men preyed upon vulnerable people and lied to them to line their own pockets.
“I’m delighted that we will be able to return some of the proceeds of their crime to victims.”
The two men were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation alongside David Diaz, Ludovic Black, Niall Hastie and Kenneth Reid in August 2018. Mr Wilson and Mr Ross were each sentenced to 4 years and 6 months’ imprisonment in October 2018, sentences they are currently serving.
The SFO said it continues to pursue the proceeds of crime in relation to the other individuals convicted.