“Robert McKechnie took thousands from three different victims, promising to put up wind turbines for them in exchange.
His unfortunate victims shelled out, often under pressure to make quick payments, expecting to make money from the venture.
But McKechnie spun them a web of lies and the promised turbines never materialised.
None of his victims recovered their hard-earned cash.
Fiscal depute Katy Begg told Aberdeen Sheriff Court McKechnie defrauded two brothers from Fraserburgh, Gary and Stephen Mannett, out of more than £150,000 each other turbines he never delivered.
Their father Sydney Mannett previously told the Evening Express that the money was his and had been an endowment for his sons, and said: “This fraud has had a huge impact on my family. What this man did to us was terrible – absolutely horrendous.”
Ms Begg told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “The complainers, along with their parents, met the accused and agreed to purchase two turbines; one for each of them.
“The accused assured them the money they paid would be deposited into a secure holding account and, should they cancel, it would be refunded to them.”
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McKay, Danny. Evening Express 9 January 2020.