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Keith Matthews: Rogue Traders conman caught and jailed

Keith Matthews
Image caption Keith Matthews failed to turn up for his trial two weeks ago

A conman who went on the run after he was exposed by BBC's Rogue Traders has been arrested and jailed.

Keith Matthews, 59, was found guilty in his absence of 13 counts of fraud and fraudulent trading at Leicester Crown Court two weeks ago.

Matthews, who was sentenced to three years for the offences, was arrested at a caravan near Swithland Wood, Leicestershire on Wednesday.

He will now face a further hearing on 8 July for breaching his bail conditions.

Matthews from Quorn, Leicestershire, ran a TV aerial repair business which featured on the BBC programme where he was caught faking unnecessary work and overcharging customers.

On the show, hidden cameras showed him pouring a drink over an aerial socket to claim there was a leaky roof and on another occasion he charged an elderly man almost £4,900 for a job that should have been £490.

Leicestershire Trading Standards began an investigation after his appearance on the programme and he was found to have been duping customers between April 2011 until March last year.

Matthews' former employee and co-defendant Luke Busby, 26, of Leicester Road, Countesthorpe, was also given 120 hours community service for his part in the fraud.

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