Three men arrested yesterday in Cork have since been charged and all three are due to appear before Cork City District Court this morning at 10.30am.
Yesterday, Gardaí have arrested the three men as part of an ongoing operation targeting suspected rogue traders in Cork city.
The three men, all aged in their 20s, were arrested and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
On September 4 Gardaí received a report from a lady, aged in her 70s and who lives alone, about work she recently had done by tradesmen at her house in the Bishopstown area of Cork.
Gardaí were told that on the morning of August 24, three men had arrived at her house, uninvited, and agreed to clean her driveway for €900.
The men then allegedly stated that the roof needed to be fixed along with other jobs and made her feel pressured into paying over €5450. When the lady had no cash left, she was allegedly asked to go to the bank to withdraw more money.
After she inspected the work that was carried out, it is alleged there was paint damage to her driveway and house, as well as damage caused to her patio slabs.
In August of this year, two Detective Gardaí were appointed to assist this operation, allowing for both surveillance and high visibility patrols to be carried out.
The operation, which is still ongoing, has also seen an increase in checkpoints carried out with the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare.