Agent who stole £92,000 from tenants and landlords is jailed

An agent has been sent to prison after he and his former girlfriend admitting to stealing £92,000 from tenants and landlords.

His ex-girlfriend has been given a suspended sentence.

Peter Bell ran the Enfields franchise in Northampton, where it is understood that Rebecca Kirton also worked for a short while.

Bell admitted 15 charges of theft and dishonesty, while she admitted four charges. The money, thought to be mainly deposits but some rent, totaled £92,000.

The pair admitted their crimes in March, and on Monday this week were sentenced.

Bell was handed a sentence at Northampton Crown Court of three years and three months. He will serve 26 months in jail. He was also disqualified from acting as a company director for five years.

Kirton was given a sentence of four months, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 175 hours of unpaid work.

The sentences took into account their guilty pleas.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing is scheduled for June 19.

The office shut down suddenly in August 2015.

It has now emerged that this was after Enfields, whose headquarters is in Fareham, Hampshire, became aware of complaints from landlords and tenants.

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