John Wyn Williams prosecutes man who conned widows out of thousands of pounds

May 29, 2019

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted a 42-year-old man from Swansea who conned three Anglesey widows out of thousands of pounds.

Three weeks ago at Caernarfon Crown Court, Jason Edwards pleaded guilty to six charges against him. Two counts of engaging in aggressive commercial practice, two counts of reckless commercial practice and two counts of engaging in misleading commercial practice.

Edwards persuaded the widows to part with their cash by convincing them they needed insurance for their household goods. He would then contact them and deliberately confuse them with dates, policies and payments, manipulating them into extending their policies for years into the future. Once he had their bank details, he would help himself to regular payments without their permission.  In reality, there was never any insurance to begin win and Edwards was selling fake policies.

Yesterday, Edwards was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months. He was also disqualified as acting as a company director for five years and was given a restraining order for three years preventing him from contacting the three women he had targeted from Anglesey. He was also ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.

The case received national press coverage.

John Wyn Williams is a member of the criminal department at Exchange Chambers.