Businessman jailed after exploiting elderly people

Pictured is former Compass Mobility director John Higginson, 65, of Locko Road, Lower Pilsley, Chesterfield, who has been jailed for two years for taking advantage of elderly and vulnerable customers.
Pictured is former Compass Mobility director John Higginson, 65, of Locko Road, Lower Pilsley, Chesterfield, who has been jailed for two years for taking advantage of elderly and vulnerable customers.

A DISGRACED ex-company director who helped take advantage of elderly and vulnerable people during a sales scam has been jailed for two years.

Leeds Crown Court heard how John Higginson, 65, of Locko Road, Lower Pilsley, Chesterfield, was a director with former company Compass Mobility, on Derby Road, Clay Cross, which sold mobility aids to the elderly and disabled by using high-pressure sales tactics.

Following the hearing on Friday, Colin Rumford, of Scambusters which brought the prosecution, said: “Although Compass Mobility was apparently not set up with the intention of defrauding customers, it quickly developed a range of trading practices that were intended to mislead, confuse and con the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

Higginson, who previously apologised, pleaded guilty to seven counts of engaging in an unfair commercial practice, two of engaging in a misleading omission and one of engaging in an aggressive commercial practice.

Seven offences concerned the failure to return deposits on cancellations, two concerned the failure to explain terms of agreements and the final offence concerned a salesman refusing to leave an elderly person’s home despite being asked to do so.

Higginson was jailed two months after two fellow ex Compass directors were each jailed for five years after they were found guilty by a trial jury of two counts each of conspiracy to defraud customers of Compass and of another former company Reo Marketing, of Barker Road, Chesterfield.

Mr Rumford added: “This finally draws a line under Compass’ disgraceful activities.”