A crooked property manager who pocketed thousands of pounds in rental income which he failed to pass on to landlords has been jailed for 10 months.
Scott Walker, 36, from Redcar, near Middlesbrough, stole money from landlords who responded to an advert he published on Facebook for S Walker Property Management.
Walker withheld rent from several clients, including one couple who were supposed to receive £550-a-month for their buy-to-let property in Redcar. In total, they lost out on £6,100 after he stole all the rent paid by the tenants, according to Gazette Live.
The wife, who was at Teesside Crown Court to Walker sentenced, said in a statement: “This man has sat in my house telling me that the tenants were a month in arrears.
“It impacted on my marriage leading to tension and arguments with my husband.”
After the Crown court heard that Walker had also stolen rents from other properties, prosecutor Jenny Haigh said: “The Crown would say that this was an abuse of trust over a substantial period of time, aggravated by his previous record.”
Andrew McGloin, defending, said that Walker, 36, had some mental health issues and had become dependent on alcohol, following the death of his mother last year.
McGloin commented: “He tells me that he recognises the impact on his victim.
“He has attended bereavement counselling and he has been working with the probation service and he has been making progress.”
McGloin had offered to repay the money he stole at £100 a month from his benefits, but the judge said that the landlords would stand a better chance of recovering the stolen money if they applied to the County Court for an order of repayment in full.