A jury at Liverpool Crown Court found David Diaz, Ludovic Black, Stephen Wilson, Robert Ross, Niall Hastie and Kenneth Reid guilty of running a multi-million pound fraudulent scheme to install solar panels which defrauded hundreds of victims including elderly, retired and vulnerable people. These six men were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud by false representation after systematically enticing customers to enter into contracts to buy solar panels. These contracts were for thousands of pounds and often represented some or all of the savings of the people who were persuaded to buy them.
The trial marked the conclusion of a 4 year investigation. Commenting on the verdicts, Alistair Webster QC said: “This is a satisfying culmination to years of hard work on the part of many people. Fiona Jackson and I were brought in at a very early stage - before any applications for search or arrest warrants. This was a case in which there were hundreds of victims throughout the whole of the UK, and so we have been able to help in shaping the case, something which has ensured continuity and consistency. We have had the support of excellent lawyers within the SFO, for which we are very grateful, along with James Jackson, lead disclosure counsel."