Trainee letting agent spared jail after stealing £2,300 from tenants

first_imgThe industry’s urgent need for regulation has been highlighted once more by a court case in Southampton, during which a repeat fraudster was successfully prosecuted for stealing at least £2,300 from prospective tenants after working as a letting agent for just two weeks.Trainee letting agent Riccardo Lampietro already had a two-year suspended sentence hanging over him after previously being caught buying a Vauxhall Corsa on finance, switching the plates and then selling it on while working at a car dealership.Lampietro (picture, left), who has in the past had a serious gambling problem, then went to work at property management firm Homelife Lettings in Southampton.While working there for a fortnight he took deposits, fees and advanced rent from prospective tenants but then pocketed the cash rather than banking it for his employer.The 28-year-old, who lives in Ringwood, avoided jail after problems with the legal process prevented the two sets of frauds being linked.Also, Lampietro has repaid most of the money he stole from the prospective tenants back and will now have to complete 200 hours of community service. He also now has a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence hanging over him for both crimes.Homelife specialises in student accommodation in Southampton and has six staff and is a member of the National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS).NALS Homelife Riccardo Lampietro southampton November 17, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Trainee letting agent spared jail after stealing £2,300 from tenants previous nextTrainee letting agent spared jail after stealing £2,300 from tenantsRiccardo Lampietro from Southampton stole the money during a two-week stint at a local lettings agency.Nigel Lewis17th November 201701,334 Viewslast_img

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