Three inductees into the ’200weeks Scum of the Week’ Awards.
Robert Copper, 33, Richard Cooper and Michael Black, 46, were convicted at Southampton Crown Court of fraud.
They used two pet rats to convince a vulnerable pensioner that his house was infested by rats. They offered to do some pest control to rid the premises of rats saying that he risked eviction if the problem was not tackled.
They charged their victim Â£4000 for the privilege, even taking him to a cashpoint to withdraw money from his savings.
They then tried to charge the man a further Â£13,000 but the fraud was discovered.
The three shiny examples of scum were sentenced to between two and three and a half years.