A rather worrying case of identity fraud involving a rental property in Kensington has resulted in two jail sentences.
According to reports, the mother and daughter duo managed to secure a tenancy at a four-bed house on Eagle Place and went on to assume the identity of the deceased landlady.
Southwark Crown Court heard how this then allowed them to open bank accounts in Dubai and successfully apply for a £1.2m against the property.
The fraud was apparently only picked up when the Land Registry reported suspicious activity around the property and detectives began investigating. The loan was withdrawn in cash and the proceeds have never been recovered.
Detective Constable Richard Kirk: “As these women conducted this devious fraud, it is clear that it didn’t occur to them that official agencies would be able to see through their scheme and this was their undoing.”
Prosecutor Teresa Hay said during the trial: “The fraud was as simple as it was audacious.”
Sentences of five and three years were handed down last week and the Met confirmed a wider investigation to trace additional members of the network is ongoing.
Alasdair Lewis, Director of Legal Services at HM Land Registry: “Property fraud causes a huge amount of distress to its victims and today’s custodial sentences properly reflects the serious nature of the crimes.
“This case highlights the importance of taking steps to protect your property from fraud, particularly if it is tenanted or left empty.”
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