Boss is jailed for ripping off elderly

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The boss of a mobility firm that ripped off the elderly has been jailed for 18 months.

Amarjit Gill from Giltbrook defrauded pensioners out of over £40,000 and the judge that sentenced him this week called his actions ‘disgraceful’.

Mr Gill’s wife, Ranjit, and two managers were given suspended prison sentences and ordered to do unpaid community work.

Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team carried out one of its biggest investigations ever after receiving a wave of complaints about Virgo Healthcare Limited and Lifestyle – two companies ran by the Gills from a business park in Long Eaton.

Staff sold mobility aids including reclining chairs, orthopaedic beds and walk-in showers, costing up to £3,892 to elderly buyers.

Some of the fraud offences related to pensioners not being given their money back when they tried to cancel the contract during the seven day cooling off period – this right to cancel is given to anyone who agrees a contract in their own home.

In the worst cases, the goods were not even delivered to the victims – leaving them without the mobility aids they had paid for.

In a court hearing earlier this year the Gills admitted 25 charges for offences which saw them fraudulently make £42,515.

The Gills, of Brackenfield Drive, were banned from being company directors for five years.

Earlier this year the firms featured on Watchdog.