Rogue traders pay back £170k

A husband and wife who conned elderly folk out of thousands of pounds have been ordered to pay back £170,000 of their criminal gains, or face hefty jail terms.

Amarjit and Ranjit Gill ran mobility aid firms Virgo Healthcare and Lifestyle from Gainsborough Business Park, Long Eaton.

A wave of complaints about their illegal trading prompted one of Derbyshire County Council’s biggest ever trading standards investigations.

In December Amarjit Gill was jailed for 18 months and Ranjit Gill was given 12 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

At a Proceeds of Crime hearing at Derby Crown Court on Thursday it was heard that Amarjit Gill had made £141,000 from crime but had £90,000 available. Ranjit Gill had made £113,135. She had £80,000 available.

The couple, of Giltbrook, must repay in six months or face 21 months in prison.

The 25 elderly victims are set to receive a combined total of £42,466 in compensation.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson said: “We were determined to claw back as much of the Gills’ illegal gains as possible and I’m satisfied with the outcome of our action.”

Some of the offences related to the elderly victims not being given their money back when they tried to cancel the contract during the legal seven day cooling off period.